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  1. Could be, but what if the injury rate sustains itself continuing forward? It could just be an abnormality (which I think is more likely). Occasionally you get spikes certain years and dips in others. In general, I feel that the injuries are climbing across all sports. If anything, the drive to enhance human performance (bigger, faster, stronger) has had a consequential correlation of increase in injury prevalence. That's why I just accept that it's now just the cost of doing business. If you want to be a professional athlete, it's risky, that's why it usually comes with a good health plan and decent pay.
  2. The last part was a jest meaning that if you account for all the other variables you are only left with the improbable. We are trying to explain an uptick (mind you a minor one) in injury presentation. Alas, no one has any real good idea why it might be happening. I do not believe the vaccines are causing more injuries. That seems rather silly.
  3. Proof will be in the pudding. If they have a full offseason with normal activity and injury rates drop, then you'll have your conclusion. If they do not, then the only thing that is really different is the prevalence of vaccination among players.
  4. The majority of the injury rates increasing in baseball are mostly due to the increase in velocity from pitchers as shoulder and elbow injuries account for 40% of DL assignments and 55% of DL Days. I would surmise that comparing injury rate from last year to this year is a complete wash and not much can be relied on data wise from last year. There is not much difference from year to year outside of the fact that the boys last year had more time off then they did this year as the season did not start until later in 2020. So is the conclusion that injury rates decrease with a later start and less games played? There really is not much to conclude. It just seems normal to me. Pitchers are the most at risk group for injuries and if they continue to increase velocity, they can fully expect to keep getting injured. The human body was not meant to maintain such heat for such long periods of time. It's not a question of if, but when these guys will blow up or if they are smart enough to dial down the velocity and develop pitches.
  5. Unfortunately, we cannot make any conclusions based on this without any concrete data as there are WAY too many variables to consider. This is why making conclusions based on broad themes is a dangerous game. We have to consider several factors. Age. State of training. General condition. Previous injury history. Anthropomorphics. Then we have to consider what type, frequency, and intensity of said training they are doing. Then you would have to figure out a control and go from there. Then you would have to figure out what protocols were more impactful. Foam rolling vs stretch. IASTM vs dynamic warm ups. It's crazy to think about the amount of protocols and variables to consider with regards to athlete health and outcomes. I agree that baseball specifics are important, but I would not associate an increase in injury frequency with a "working out more and playing ball less" paradigm without something that resembles more concrete data. How much time? How often? Etc. Etc. Etc.
  6. Also, the greatest predictor of injury is previous injury. This is why on ramping after injury is so important which means making sacrifices in performance in the short term to allow for maturity in the healing process.
  7. More simply, it is called Specificity. So yes, specificity is king. However, there is something to be said for increasing capacity at a joint in question in terms of stability. Let's say I have a client with an ASL range of 80 deg and a passive range of around 105 deg. This tells us that the athlete has stability up to 80 degrees, but instability from 80-105. So we know we have a software problem. The reason why this might be necessary is say an athlete is trying to leg out a slow chopper in the infield or stretch a single into a double. The increase in length of stride will facilitate increased demand at the glute and hamstring from a contractability perspective and at a length perspective (hamstring). So take the example athlete and if he consistently ranges past 80 degrees of hip flexion without stability, he could have an increase an injury at the joint in question. Now, running as a modality has a lot of different components to its execution much like pitching (see Eric Cressey). So, with an athlete, I would want to evaluate his symmetry from side to side. Running as a demand for rotation at the T-Spine and Hips along with dynamic, on demand stability at those joints while producing force at said joints (making biomechanics a cool topic of conversation). A more likely predictor of injury is an asymmetrical presentation in both length and stability of a particular joint. Now, some of this could be an adaptation to demand (say a Pitcher), but that is all the more reason to stay on top of specific care in order to manage the asymmetry. Pitchers have a greater need due to the nature of force production from one side of their body (where as a position player would not have as great of a demand). We know this due to volume. A starting pitcher for example produces 70-100 high production reps per performance whereas a given position player only produces a fraction of those attempts per game in terms of rotation (both swinging and throwing) and not at near the same intensity levels. This is one of the reasons why pitchers must have increased body care and increased rest in order to recover from such. The care for the position player is built around managing relative stiffness. These players increase their stiffness in order to move more explosively and quickly to either cover their position or in terms of running bases. This is why the majority of position players will have issues with backs, hips, knees, and less shoulder pathologies. So the athletes need stiffness to perform, but the big key is managing stiffness symmetrically AND find out if they gross discrepancies at a given joint that may increase their risk of injury. One of the pieces I find very interesting is how everyone likes to point to studies assessing hamstring ROM and injury risk, but fail to find references that look at the relationship between hip IR and available thoracic rotation. Not everything happens in a vacuum. We have to explore beyond one joint as the body works as a system. Imagine if I have an athlete with limited hip IR and a super stiff t-spine. When an athlete cannot get the extra force production from one area of his or her body, he will find it somewhere else increasing demand at that joint or muscle group. I have no insights into Nick's injury specifically, but these are the elements I look at with my athletes.
  8. WookiesOnRitalin

    White Sox Win Game 2 of Trap Series!

    Statistically, you're right, but Tony needed a way to get Hendriks. GC was a great way to get there especially if he was locating. Looks like TLR made the right call.
  9. WookiesOnRitalin

    White Sox Win Game 2 of Trap Series!

    Depends on the situation mostly. If I'm a manager, you get six good innings out of Dallas. You got a 5 run lead. You know you need to get some of those bullpen arms some work. Surely...I mean surely, you are not going to allow a 6 spot in the 7th right? In terms of percentages, a six spot with a five run lead is rather low. So it was a good opportunity to get Heuer and Marshall out there. They just did not show up and pitched like garbage. Heuer could not locate. Was opening up his hip way too early and the ball went everywhere. Lastly, we got a long way to go. You get 6 innings out of a 30+ year old starter and a 5 run lead, sit him. I'd make that call 9 times out of the 10 unless the guy is just absolutely being lights out or a top tier pitcher like Bieber.
  10. WookiesOnRitalin

    White Sox Win Game 2 of Trap Series!

    The problem is not RealGM. It's the NBA. I grew up watching a different brand of basketball. I've written some quite lengthy posts about how killing hand checking is killing the game. The game hit a low for offense in the early 2000s with only 1 team scoring over 100 points. I believe it was the Memphis Grizzlies who in the mid 2000s were the last team to hold an opponent under 90 points for an entire season. Now, there is not one team who does not allow over 100 ppg. It's a shooter's league. Less emphasis on rebounding, defense, and tougher play. The game is soft. The players are soft. Lebron is king of the soft era. It's not impressive and it's boring.
  11. WookiesOnRitalin

    White Sox Win Game 2 of Trap Series!

    My overall impression of this game is that the team has the ability to put themselves in a position to win most nights. The other night, they had the bases loaded with a chance to win in Cleveland and then Jose pulls an outside pitch right into an easy grounder 🙄. Bullpen is rather terrible except for a few highlights (Kopech, Crochet, and Hendriks). It's fair to assume that the Sox will make some moves in order to shore up the situation. Cannot wait to see what the lineup can do at full strength. Lastly, NICKY MAGIC WITH THE POWER STROKE. When I saw it leave his bat, I was like, that might have a chance. Kid will never be a huge OPS guy, but damnit, if he does not have a good approach and about as ideal as you can expect for a 9-hole hitter.
  12. WookiesOnRitalin

    White Sox Win Game 2 of Trap Series!

    Thanks. I've been following Soxtalk for about as long as RealGM. I could not locate the pw to my old login for here so we just went with a new one. There is also only one WookieOnRitalin and hopefully it will remain as such.
  13. WookiesOnRitalin

    White Sox Win Game 2 of Trap Series!

    Teams are hitting .340 on Keuchel on the third trip through. It was likely the reason he was pulled.
  14. WookiesOnRitalin

    Limit of 13 pitchers back in place next season...

    So one of the solutions for decreasing ball speed is just to make sure the guys who are pitching to throw more, more often, and likely getting more injured? How about pitch minimums for relievers and starters? Or perhaps inning minimums? I think there are other ways to handle the problem then cutting the amount of the staff on the roster. That seems stupid.
  15. WookiesOnRitalin

    And That’s 2 White Sox Winners!

    Four Gamer against the Tribe will be a very, very important series for the club. Coming out with anything less than 2 games will probably not insure a lot of confidence in our ability to beat them for the division. If the boys somehow take 3, then they will have a stranglehold on the division. Our starting pitching has been just been great and it is arguably the best rotation in the league right now.