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November 10, 2009
Pro Athlete Training Too Conservative
Most of the professional athletes we see are forced to adhere to excessively conservative strength training. I know pro football teams that have prevented their athletes from even touching a barbell. A couple of major rules under this philosophy include -no overhead lifting for baseball players of any kind -no barbell squats below parallel for basketball or football players to protect the knees These athletes don’t need to be breaking record weights in the above movements but the flexibility and stability benefits are well documented for both the shoulder (see SpartaPoint 1/21/09) and ankle (see SpartaPoint 1/7/09). While these athletes avoid getting hurt during these movements, they can get injured doing something else (recently an NBA player broke his arm doing a simple movement on the physioball). Another concern is that this conservative training will also guarantee a lower performance and greater injury risk in their sport.
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4 thoughts on “Pro Athlete Training Too Conservative”

  1. I agree about training being too conservative but don’t you think a reason may be if a player gets hurt a strength & conditioning coach may also lose his job? How much job security do strength & conditioning coaches have?

    John Weatherly

  2. Yeah that is definitely rationale behind conservative approach; no one can blame you for injuries that happen in the weight room.

    Problem is those injuries will happen in sport if you don’t have confidence in rationale and mechanics behind teaching the more aggressive movements.

  3. “How much job security do strength & conditioning coaches have?”

    Please take a look at none other than the New York Mets. Their entire medical and training staff is coming back in 2010 after what has to be one of the most injury plagued seasons in recent MLB history. Just saying…

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