Well, last week marked another week with a trend that I'd care not to see. Another week talking with athletes, former athletes, and others who are getting injured while training. It really perplexes me to the point that I just don't get it. I mean if an athlete is getting hurt while training, then why shift the blame to the athlete? At some point, a prudent coach has to take a look at her or himself and query maybe its something I'm doing?
One thing that I am grossly noticing is the number of coaches and programs who either foster injuries by the way they train or perform exercise incorrectly and seemingly look the other way. Again, I don't get it. I just finished watching a video of one of the leading injury prevention gurus in the country and I gotta say I saw so many errors in biomechanics and facilitation of injurious-based exercises it just makes me hard to believe that anyone believes the hype.
I don't know, maybe I'm being overly critical, but we should get back to what John Wooden called, "Fundamentals and Fitness." Hey, get your athletes in shape and help prepare their bodies to handle what? Their bodies moving in space, right? Let's not jazz this up with things that don't matter, but we gotta know what those are? We also should know and understand how movements we teach affect the joints, the body at large, and the human system as a whole. The little things do matter when it comes to the human body. If I think that training for the easiest scenario is gonna work, I'm probably sorely mistaken.