In 2014 we went on the warpath with the soft tissue injuries. I won’t recite the 7 year soap opera from 2009-2015 but you can find it here. Enter 2018 Training camp, and the NY Giants have FIVE hamstring injuries. Coincidence? Dream on, naive and uninformed apologist.
July 29, 2018- Donte Deayon suffers a hamstring injury. He has not practiced since that time. The injury appears to be fairly serious, according to Jordan Raanan.
July 29, 2018- Curtis Riley “tweaks” his hamstring. He has not seen practice since. That’s some tweak. (Edit- Riley rejoined practice in Detroit scrimmages.)
August 3, 2018- William Gay suffers a hamstring injury. He has disappeared from practice.
August 9, 2018- Darian Thompson injures his hamstring during the first preseason game vs the Cleveland Browns. He has been sidelined since the special teams play, and the extent of the injury has not been revealed.
and then today, the coup de grace…
August 13, 2018- Saquon Barkley “tweaks” his hamstring. Of course the Giants staff minimized its significance, but they also minimized the significance of others as well.
The last time I checked, a hamstring injury was not a communicable disease. But you wouldn’t know it from what is happening with the Giants players. We have documented and discussed ad nauseam that soft tissue injuries are mostly, if not entirely, the result of insufficient flexibility training. The fact that we are seeing 5 of the SAME injuries in a period of 16 days gives us a tremendous amount of certainty that this is precisely what is happening.
I know, I know. The Giants are letting these players heal by keeping them out of practice because it is early in preseason. The problem with these injuries is they linger, sometimes the entire season. I am betting we see little or no Barkley until the opener vs Jacksonville. As for the others, they are all in dire straits because: no camp, no roster. And if they rush back they will just reinjure it. Oh, in case you did not notice, three of those hamstrings were at Free Safety. THREE. It’s a good thing that position was locked up before camp started. And oh yah, in case you you did not notice, one of those hamstrings was at CB, a position the Giants are very deep at. Lastly, that guy Barkley, I am not sure who he is, but no matter about him either.
Wonder: “You are entirely correct with your assessment, Andy. There is no reason to get injuries to hamstrings, calves, and quads. If you have the right flexibility training, a world class athlete should almost never incur a hamstring pull. This stuff takes months to implement. That it is happening now means it was not implemented properly in the Spring/OTAs. Who was in their in March during the offseason workout program?
“Barkley? He needs more repetitions and less weight (less strength) so that the hamstring literally lengthens and won’t cramp up/pull. This applies to calves, triceps, biceps, forearms, quads, and adductors (groin). Skill players do not need the heavy weights. You want lean muscle mass. It is the exact opposite of the linemen. The linemen need to be careful too. But the fact that we are seeing this with RB, FS, and CB, all tells me that the skill players are not doing the proper flexibility drills and lighter weight exercises. It takes longer, because you are doing longer sets with more repetition, but that is what professional athletes must do.”
Wonder explains this further: “Just go to the US Open in a couple of weeks in Flushing Meadow. They go two weeks in the heat running around for 3-4 hours every other day in the humidity. Do they pull their hamstrings? NO! The ones who are in shape and condition properly do not tear their hamstring, and they win the titles. These guys stretch and emphasize flexibility with multiple sessions daily. Cardio and stretching, repetitive lifting for lean muscle mass.”
Right after practice, every tennis player stretches for an hour. Do football players stretch before practice and then for an hour after practice? Most likely not. These injuries happen also because the head coach and the strength coach are not on the same page in terms of making the time/commitment. This payroll of $170MM dollars needs and deserves better.
The hamstring situation with the Giants is completely preventable. How many members of the media are asking Wellman or Barnes about the hamstrings? Wonder says it would not surprise him to start seeing calf or quad problems.