The point of a football strength & conditioning program is to prepare athletes for practice and games. We want them to be able to practice longer and harder without getting hurt, and play at a high level during competitions.
The goals are pretty straightforward, but injuries often de-rail this process.
Injuries on the field happen. It’s part of the game. We don’t have to like it, but it happens.
Injuries in the weight room, on the other hand, should not happen.
There really is no excuse for injuries in the weight room, and we should be doing everything in our power to limit this from happening. Just go back to the goals of the program. The goal is to help athletes train harder without getting hurt, so it’s absolutely critical that we stay injury-free during training.
Hopefully, you never have to deal with a catastrophic injury like the one shown in the photo. I’m not even sure what happened there, but it doesn’t look good. Most injuries are less obvious, but anything that hurts an athlete should be avoided.
In this video, Jim Kielbaso talks with University of Michigan Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football Coach, Corey Twine about reducing the risk of injuries in the weight room. Coach Twine lists a couple of key variables to accomplish this, and they are both within our control. This is a great opportunity to listen to a professional talk about something important and to see if you’re practicing the coaching principles he is suggesting.