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On Endurance Training This Offseason

Everyone knows I have a hangup with the Giants archaic means of training, particularly when it gets around the summertime and Albany Medical Center has a spike in hamstring patients because the entire NY Giants team has dropped like flies with a muscle tear….

I know I know, exaggeration out the wazoo.

But Jenny V had a great article the other day about the Giants working out with and learning from endurance athlete’s in the gym this offseason… particularly in terms of analyzing heart rates and strengthening similar areas of injury across the study. Here are a couple highlights:

“It’s a scientific approach, and I’ve looked through the literature, and this is something that has not been done before with a football team,” Giants vice president of medical services Ronnie Barnes said Friday. “It’s not a new concept — they’ve been doing that for years in track and field and in running. But it’s not something that teams, because of the numbers and volume, thought they could do.”

“We’re going to gather all of this data to try to get a sense of what really happens,” Barnes said. “We already know that as you train and get in better shape with respect to year-round conditioning, your heart rate goes down. But we haven’t ever really been able to look at it, because we haven’t done it.”

One idea is to monitor heart rate during training-camp practices — particularly with bigger players or those with a history of heat exhaustion — to see how two-a-days in the August heat stress the cardiovascular system.

This might also be a way to help athletes avoid overtraining, because if they are not taking enough rest between workouts, that may show up in a climbing resting heart rate. If a player gets hurt, the staff could look back at his chart to quantify how much he had been working out, and determine if overtraining may have contributed to the injury.

But this weekend, the Giants’ aim was to identify the things that could be cross-pollinated. Barnes compared notes with one pro triathlete on stress fractures — which Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw sustained in each foot last year — and is now looking into the use of calcium supplements for that kind of injury.

“Anytime you have a spike in your injury curve, you look at everything you’re doing with respect to training,” Barnes said. “Anything from strengthening activities that might strengthen ankles, if you have a lot of ankle sprains, to looking at whether or not you’re overtraining.”

Now… I would chime in here and start talking about hot yoga and the stretching and strengthening that Amani Toomer, Kevin Boss, and other players have done that have proven to prevent injuries, get fully stretched out, improve balance, etc etc etc…. but I don’t have to it turns out.

The commenters have already done it for me!!

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this is nice and all but it won’t keep the players from pulling a hamstring. I got one word for Giants training staff….YOGA!!!! Make it mandatory to the players to have to do yoga at least 3 times a week for 1-2hr as part of their off season program and continue to do it throughout training camp and the season. That will help in reducing all the issues with the muscle pulls and strains, which was a big part of our injury bugs last year.

Posted by gmenwin1


The giants were definitely pooped in some games last year (especially in Denver). They need this. They also need some Hot Yoga.

Posted by vor56


I dont know why there not taking yoga classes on the regular or deep stretching classes like BIKRAM yoga ( which is yoga in heat for more deep stretching) also try different things like Toomer took karate later in his career to help him beat people of the line better and he also took yoga after his knee injury… they need to think outside the box. Go Giants

Posted by gmen2thebowl10
It looks like this Yoga idea is finally taking off amongst the fans, the next step is getting the coaching staff and trainers on board with it.  If the Giants really want to prepare their team this offseason, I’m in agreement:  add Yoga into the mix and be amazed at the results.

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  3. Chris says:

    I would welcome almost any change in conditioning. It’s almost criminal the number of hamstring pulls we have every year.

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