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|1 week 22 hours ago||Could you possibly analyze||
Could you possibly analyze the number of ACL injuries per team? While trauma and impact injuries are more random, the medical evidence does indicate a direct correlation between ACL injuries and the training methods utilized. When you remove the random nature of impact injuries, the "noise", we'll have a more clear picture of the costly mistakes being made in our football S&C program.
Some training methods improve the resilience of connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, fascia, etc). Some training methods can produce hypertrophy, yet degrade agility, mobility, flexibility. Therefore, the incidence of ACL injuries would have a more direct correlation with regards to training methods, than occurrences such as broken bones or concussions.
|1 week 2 days ago||For all the silly clowns and grumpy gripers||
For all the silly clowns and grumpy gripers (you know who you are):
Why not just go away and let the people who are interested or care about the problems with our S&C program have an intelligent conversation? What good are you doing the football team by trying to mock us or shout us down.
Don't go away mad. Just go away.
|1 week 2 days ago||Okay, call it a theory||
Okay, call it a theory, based on 24 years of experience.
When I see our players gain massive hypertrophy (they get bigger), but they're not more athletic: the relative incidence of injuries is statistically high; NFL scouts are reportedly downgrading our players physical condition; MGoBlog posts discuss why our players look so slow, something is seriously wrong.
Okay, call this speculation based on obvious evidence. What do you think is the chance that our stone-age head coach is telling Wellman 'Get em' big and strong'. Hoke doesn't have a 21st century clue about advanced training methods that people like Gray Cook, Paul Chek, Kelly Starrett, Shannon Turley, Mark Verstegen, and U of M's own Mike Favre are using to develop world class athletes.
Those kids are willing to work hard; they're trying their best to compete. They deserve top notch S&C coaching, that will make them less susceptible to injury, and improve their performance on the field.
I can't write a book or do a documentary film on a sports blog. I'm trying the best I can to increase awareness regarding this situation.
If this issue gets swamped in silliness, or shouted down by people who don't have professional knowledge and are not willing to do some research or learn something new, then MGoBlog might not be the place for constructive engagement with the real world.
You are right. There are many factors besides S&C that affect our players performance. Since S&C is what I do for a living, that's the subject I'm trying to involve people for intelligent, serious conversation.
|1 week 2 days ago||Dedication and intensity are definitely important.||
Dedication and intensity are definitely important.
However, for an 18-22 year old athlete who still has a lot to learn, a good S&C coach (or one who is not so good) makes a huge difference.
|1 week 2 days ago||This could have been an ongoing, serious, intelligent discussion||
This could have been an ongoing, serious, intelligent discussion about Strength and Conditioning. While I presented my experience, I invited other opinions. There was great value in the comments which other people posted. Though in the real world I teach the teachers, there was never condescension or disrespect for other people's opinions. If you had read the first two diaries you would know that.
The third diary was mainly links that had come from other people sharing thieir knowledge and observations. We were having an interesting, orderly discussion about a highly relevant subject. I didn't hear any intelligent comments from you when other people were taking this subject seriously.
Other blogs support serious, open conversations on various subjects. It could have added another element, another level of value to this blog.
Other blogs, as they mature, become outlets for real news and insight. They become more than a vortex of inconsequential chit-chat and chatter.
It is obvious your vision for the future of this internet "news and views" enterprise is not the same as Brian's.
I saw an MGoBog that could interact with the real world in a constructive way. I saw an MGoBlog where people like WD bring real inside information. BiSB, you just established the ceiling for MGoBlog: A circle jerk of pointless"points". You see MGoBlog as a place to be silly and scratch each others back all day.
You get your way.
|1 week 2 days ago||Many of the comments here were just herd mentality griping||
Many of the comments made here were just herd mentality griping. So what. But you make a good point.
Much of my motivation to begin a discussion about the S&C program were things posted on MGoBlog. A post about why our players seem so slow. A post that reported how NFL scouts say Michigan football players are not physically well conditioned. A post that analyzed our team's relatively high incidence of injuries.
A trained professional can evaluate through performance, hypertrophy, types of injuries, etc. whether an S&C program is working or not. There is a good deal of evidence. Heck, anyone can see with their own eyes.
This is really not about me or freedom of speech. Someone needs to shine some light on the deficiencies of our S&C program, for the good of our team.
It's fine to have a blog where people squabble and vent and speculate about sports. I thought MGoBlog might also support a serious, intelligent discussion about the health, welfare and athletic performance of our football players.
We could have added some substance to the chit-chat and chatter. MGoBlog is not ready for that. So it goes.
|1 week 2 days ago||One more thing UMgradMSUdad||
One more thing UMgradMSUdad, since your comment was thoughtful.
Did shining a light on Dave Brandon's deficiencies hurt the football team? No.
Did it hurt the University of Michigan. No, it proved beneficial.
Did it hurt MGoBlog. No, it made MGoBlog a little more well known and more relevant.
Does shining a light on the deficiencies of our S&C program do any harm? No. It might help institute the changes and improvements which are necessary for our team, and the welfare of our players, to improve.
Is that worth an honest effort? Yes.
|1 week 2 days ago||Hey, you step in the ring||
Hey, you step in the ring, you take a few shots. So what.
|1 week 3 days ago||The comments that people made were excellent||
The point of "Reasons for so many injuries" and "Improving athletic performance" was to generate an open conversation about the deficiencies of our football S&C program, and discuss ways that it could be improved. The comments that people made were excellent.
When people did not agree with the methods which I suggested, we still had a great discussion on the subject! I expressed what I've found in my experience, and learned a lot from the experience of others. BiSB made a mistake in shutting that down.
The most important aspect of this discussion is not about me, or freedom of speech.
What's the point? Our football players are not getting the best Strength and Conditioning coaching that is available. This is affecting the incidence of injuries and our athletic performance. That's important.
If MGoBlog is not the place for an open discussion about this subject, then the discussion can take place somewhere else. Does a person like football for its entertainment value, or do they put themsleves in the shoes of our young athletes?
It is what it is.
|1 week 3 days ago||The third diary||
The third diary was was a continuation of the first two, mainly links and information which had been gathered from the feedback and contributions of the people who made comments.
Those comments and the information which people shared gave those diaries substance. My ideas may not be perfect, and I don't have cameras inside the training facility. But the overall conversation, including the information other people provided, had value. In the course of time, it could benefit our football team.
BiSB made a mistake in shutting that down. You can read the first two diaries in the archives. I won't repost the third diary unless Brian wants me to.
Thanks for your interest.
|1 week 3 days ago||The bottom line, fellow Wolverines is:||
The bottom line fellow Wolverines is:
Are we going to have a discussion about improving our Strength and Conditioning program?
What would benefit the welfare of our football players?
How can the University of Michigan football team be leaders in athletic performance?
If you care about that or want to have such a discussion: That is your decision.
If you don't care about that or don't want to have such a discussion: That is your decision.
I'm cool with it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Congratulations to Brian||
Congratulations to Brian for letting this conversation continue.
Several times in previous diaries I've invited people who have inside knowledge regarding our S&C program to speak up about the methods which they see being utilized in our athletic training program. They can defend or criticize our football S&C as they see fit. They would have the freedom of an anonymous forum.
That's the type of conversation we should be working to generate. Transparency would benefit our players and the entire football program.
Gripers gonna' gripe. But stop and think. Wouldn't that make for a useful discussion? That may or may not happen. But that's the type of conversation I'm trying to get started.
We have some excellent, world class coaches in other sports at the University of Michigan. Why not football?
It could be very interesting.
|1 week 3 days ago||Discussing the failures||
Discussing the failures of our current S&C program is not about "whining".
It is about winning.
|1 week 3 days ago||Our team||
Our team is experiencing a relatively high incidence of injuries. Their athletic perofrmance on the field is something we can all see and judge for ourselves.
This is an interesting topic of conversation. It is relevant to the welfare of our football players.
Why not utilize the combined knowledge of the people on MGoBlog to have a discussion about this subject?
Why not try to make a difference?
|1 week 3 days ago||Thanks WD||
You're not afraid of controversy.
|1 week 3 days ago||Good work m1jjb00||
We were having a conversation about this subject, but it was censored; removed from the board and deleted.
|1 week 4 days ago||BiSB||
Last year I described some reasons John Harbaugh might possibly become our coach. You edited and deleted my post. Now this subject is being discussed in the national media. You were wrong then.
You are wrong again. If you look at all the information in the previous two posts, and all the information which people contributed in their comments, you would have seen we are seeking the reasons for the problems which originate with the strength and conditioning program. You are wrong. That is not a circular argument. Nevertheless, for some reason, this diary disappeared, and there's reason to think you had something to do with it.
Why don't you mind your own business, and let me express my freedom of speech? We don't need your repressive tactics. We're able to have a thoughtful conversation without your petty meddling.
|1 week 4 days ago||I've said it before||
Maize is better than screaming neon dayglow yellow.
|1 week 5 days ago||I agree||
I agree. The terms circular reasoning and circular argument are synonymous. I prefer the nuance of one nomenclature over another.
It's easy enough to start an argument on this board. It is more challenging to engage in a reasoned discussion, and as you can see in the previous diaries, that is what we've been able to accomplish.
Thanks for the making the distinction. An appropriate synonym for argument would be "case", as in: "I'm trying to make a case that the strength and conditioning training which our football players are now receiving is substandard."
Does that make sense?
|1 week 5 days ago||How would you incorporate||
How would you incorporate the double-slit experiment, Schrodinger's paradoxical cat, Bell's theorem and laboratory proof of entanglement in your evaluation?
There are many lenses in the kaleidescope of human knowledge.
|1 week 5 days ago||Thank you to everyone who offered comments||
Special thanks to those who show they care about the welfare of our football players.
Of course, gripers gonna' gripe. But oddly enough, the gripers often provide food for thought and introduce topics for consideration.
I hope it all adds up to more awareness regarding the training our football team receives.
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't have cameras inside||
I don't have cameras inside our training facility. Part of the reason for this diary is to inquire and perhaps gain some knowledge from those who are inside.
You can read for yourself in a previous diary from someone who has some familiarity with the methods and technique of Wellman and Favre. I'm in California. If you're in Ann Arbor go see for yourself, and then let us all know what you observe.
That would be interesting.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
|1 week 5 days ago||There are many indications||
There are many indications of what's going on with our S&C program. Massive hypertrophy with a relatively high incidence of injuries. A general deficit of speed and explosiveness. A troubling lack of physicality, which wasn't a problem when Bo was here.
Let's turn the question around: Would you like to provide evidence that our football team is performing with excellent physical ability? Despite what the vast majority of people who post here talk about? Despite what we can see for ourselves?
We're waiting for you to show us something that contradicts what the people who care about our football players see happening on Saturday. I treat sports injuries, and other physical ailments. I have my own sports injuries. I have a personal and professional relationship with this subject.
I get the sense that some of the people who are griping are looking for argument, rather than working to further our understanding of this subject. Then some take this matter seriously.
Which are you?
|1 week 5 days ago||There certainly is a disparity||
There's a significant disparity between the athleticism we see on some college football teams as opposed to others. It is not always predicated on the number of stars they had as a recruit, or inherent genetic ability. Some of it is determined by the athletic training they receive.
There are training programs which emphasize flexibility, mobility, agility more than others. Our program is deficient in these elements.
My opinions of our football athletic training is based on professional observation. If I worked as a librarian, farmer, or Starbucks barista, I could reach the very same conclusion with my eyes.
|1 week 5 days ago||There's a lot more to it than that||
There's a lot more to it than that.
Are you actually of the opinion that the physical performance of our football team is up to the standards of performance of other teams around the country? I'm trying to draw attention to this fact, and generate an informed discussion as to what are some of the contributing factors to such deficient athletic performance.
This is a sports blog. What is your positive contribution of facts, information or personal knowledge on this important subject?
|1 week 5 days ago||Now we are engaging in an interesting discussion!||
Thanks for your knowledge of human anatomy and your perspective.
|1 week 5 days ago||Several times I've invited||
Several times I've invited people from inside the S&C program to provide their views on the state our our football training. After all, this is an anonymous forum. Why not speak up?
Whether they agree with me or not, it would provide a fascinating perspective.
This is definitely not about my business, or winning an argument, or points. It's an attempt to understand why our football program is struggling, the responsibilty which the S&C program has for these struggles, and to help us all become more aware of one thing which is for certain:
There is a better way than what's going on now.
|1 week 5 days ago||Thanks for reading the diaries||
Thanks for reading the diaries. There's plenty of evidence that our team is performing poorly. We all have eyes.
I'm not here to provide an airtight case for exactly why these things are occuring. I'm opening a forum for people to provide information on this subject, and voice their opinion on possible improvements for our athletic training. I'm also stating some of the methods which I've found work well in my experience. Some of the things which I think our football players need is more flexibility, agility and explosive movement training. I don't see those being high priorities in our current S&C program, though they are in other sports and at other programs.
Perhaps this would all be of more interest to qualified professionals.
|1 week 5 days ago||There are some interesting observations from comments||
Thanks for a relevant question.
There are some interesting observations from comments in the previous diary, comparing the methods and expertise of Favre and Wellman. MStrength actually brought Mike Favre to my attention. Publishing articles is just one measure of professional excellence.
What are your parameters for athletic performance, your sports specific goals? What methods do you utilize to attain these goals? How well do you implement these methods on a daily basis? Do you carefully monitor the athletes performance, and adjust the training accordingly?
Mark Verstegen, Scott Turley and Mike Favre are three examples of coaches who do these things well. Our football program does not reach these high standards. The results do not require a four year, in depth, longitudinal study with a double-blind control group.
The results are obvious.
|1 week 5 days ago||That was a good question you posed||
That was a good question you posed.
A and B are important factors. As a professional in the field, I offered this as a general topic for conversation.
C "technique" is obviously an area where things are not working, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Other people know a lot more about this than I do.
As for D, I've posted elsewhere that "something else" is probably the most critical factor of all. If asked for one word to describe this, I would cite a lack of "leadership".
Lord knows there's other things as well.