Captain Flexible Not The Incredible Bulk
2017 was a ridiculous season for the New York Mets. They sustained more injuries than the finale sequence of Home Alone. While Rey Ramirez (the Mets trainer who earned the nickname the Angel of Death this season) may be somewhat at fault here, at some point the players need to look in the mirror when it comes to some of these injuries.
I wrote about this a few blog posts ago regarding Yoenis Cespedes and his off season program. He was all about getting bigger, stronger, and bulking up. Yo ended up hurt several times over this season. His answer for next season? Yoga perhaps.
Injuries, Injuries, Injuries
Noah Syndergaard, seen here leaving the field following his torn latissimus dorsi muscle injury with the Angel of Death himself was the center of a recent article on a very similar issue as Cespedes. He spent a majority of the off season eating Bison Bowls and working his ass off to get bigger, stronger, and bulkier. His results this season? A season ending injury essentially. So what is the common thread here? Bulking!
Wellness And Injury Prevention To The Rescue
I have to admit, as a physical therapist of over 10 years, I LOVE injuries. It’s not like a NASCAR race where I am 10 beers deep and cheering for a wreck, but I legitimately love the process of injury, rehabilitation, time tables to return, and level of play upon return and how these injuries affect not only the player but the team. I think it is a good thing that Yo and Syndergaard are actively seeking out Yoga as an alternative to strengthening. At the very least it needs to be considered an adjunct to training. The strength is great, but being more flexible, having better core strength, and better balance, can only add to the level of athleticism. I am a firm believer that many of these injuries can be prevented if the athletes are properly educated to the training process.
ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY:
Some injuries are inevitable over the course of a baseball season. It is a long season with a lot of games and the opportunity to injure yourself is quite large. But these guys are professional athletes with high levels of talent and fitness alike. I think more attention needs to be paid to health, wellness, and injury prevention across all sports. Rey Ramirez and his entire training staff likely need to be fired at the end of this season. Regardless of their involvement in these injuries, perception is everything, and if it seems like the training staff is incompetent, they are incompetent.