Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Reacting to Training Camp Injuries
During this time of year, we hear a lot of stories about football players being withheld from practice or leaving practice early with injury. But I have a basic rule for responding to these stories:
Don't panic unless you hear some form of the word "break," the word "weeks," or the letters "CL" together.
If you hear the words "break," "broke," or "broken" regarding a player, then you are allowed to panic (though you might not have to).
If you hear the word "weeks" in relation to a player (especially when combined with the word "to," as in "___ to ___ weeks," or "up to ___ weeks"), then you are allowed to panic (though you might not have to).
If you hear "ACL," "MCL," or any other "CL" out there in relation to a player, then you are allowed to panic (and most assuredly should).
Any other stories about injuries you can monitor or ignore at your leisure.
Are there any other words I'm missing?