Torn ACLs. Achilles’ injuries. Surgeries. Fractures.
All these are so common these days, and apparently more common this offseason than any in my recent memory. The NFL is entering their 2013 season with players suffering bruises left and right. However, these injuries are piling up and costing players significant playing time. For some, it will be the entire season.
How come these players are getting hurt so much this offseason?
One could easily blame that there are too many offseason programs and practices. And that might the easiest way to go in our quest to figure out the root of all these injuries But it can’t be that simple. The offseason programs have been pretty similar in years past. There might be more workouts, but all of them are safely monitored and none of the activities are out of the ordinary.
Some of these injuries appear to be just freak injuries and there’s no way of controlling or preventing them. The only way that would happen is to just shorten all practices all together. OTAs and mini-camps could be cut in half and training camp can only be one-a-days. That wouldn’t work with NFL coaches though. They want all the practices they can get. Especially with a team with Super Bowl aspirations, they need all the time and resources possible to get every single element of their team ready.
So is there a solution to all these serious injuries? I don’t think there is. Cutting the offseason practices could work, but how much of it are teams willing to let go before it starts hurting their preparation?
Honestly, it’s just an unfortunate trend this offseason that’s taking over our media outlets. It still is a concern for teams and they might lighten up on contact drills or even the 11-on-11 drills. But it’s not going to prevent players from getting hurt. Things like this just happens. The best teams find a way to move on from these injuries. And the teams with the best talent will make something out of it.
Let’s hope no more injuries occur before the season starts. But it’s bound to happen again. After all, this if football and injuries happen.