Football injuries. In such a violent sport, how do you prevent them?

Last week, ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported the Jets moved on from three members of their athletic care and performance department.

Gone are Brad DeWeese, Robert Sausaman and Matt Sams. DeWeese headed the department, and Sausaman and Sams were his top lieutenants.

The Jets had a lot of injuries last year.

So did a lot of other teams.

Football causes a lot of injuries. It’s a very violent sport.

How can sports conditioning experts prevent torn Achilles tendon injuries, and the Jets suffered three of those last year to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker and nose tackle Al Woods.

What could DeWeese, Sausaman and Sams have done to prevent those injuries?

Aside from maybe cutting down on soft tissue injuries like hamstring and groin pulls by using new-fangled sports science strategies, which this trio worked hard to do, how on earth can you cut down on broken bones, torn knee ligaments and rotator cuff injuries?

Honestly, if you want to cut down on most football injuries, the best answer – don’t play football.

And I’m not calling for people to stop playing football. I love football.

And I’m not saying the Jets are blaming DeWeese, Sausaman and Sams for their injuries last year. They have not said that.

But if they are, it would be unfair.

Just look at NFL injury reports every week during the season around the league. They often read like “War and Peace.” Very long.

The sport is awesome, but it causes a lot of injuries. It is what it is.


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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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