This post started out as a response to Jeremy Bolander's article on the front page about Spencer Larsen starting at ILB and the topic of him being "injury prone". It then lead me to think of other players that have been written off as "injury prone" " or "injury risks" (a guy like Kyle Orton, or Correl Buckhalter for example). Those phrases get thrown around all the time, but is there any evidence to support it?
When you see a player who is unbelievably tough, always tries to play 100%, and has great conditioning work ethic... how do you call a player like that an "injury risk"?? Are you making predictions about his luck, his fate, future events? What is it, tell me please.
From the way I understand it, if a guy shows a ton of toughness and willingness to get his hands dirty (do you really want a timid guy on defense?? ask that first) and has great work ethic and commits himself so fully to conditioning, he is really no worse off than the next player. Are you saying has weak ligaments or brittle bones?? If so, show me something outside of his injuries that can attest to that. I mean, I'm not exactly licensed as a personal trainer, but in the Marines we learned that a good commitment to conditioning does nothing but strengthen your body.
Now before the discussion gets heated, I am in no way saying that once an injury happens, it isn't likely to occur in the same place again (which is highly common, especially in knee injuries with ligaments involved). Medical science shows that a broken bone actually heals STRONGER in that area and has a very, very slim chance of breaking again in the same place. If a person breaks the same bone, it is usually in a different location.
I'm keeping this post short because I want to know what everyone has to say about it. If you have experience as a personal trainer, physician, etc... please note in in your response. I'd like to get as much medical-minded input here as possible. However, everyone is free to give their two cents. If you have ever used the term "injury prone", or you believe that players can be "injury risks" please give us a little insight as to how you came to that conclusion - besides a list of injuries on a player (unless of course it is the same injury recurring).
From most of the injury footage I've seen and remember from watching in games (thank you multiple camera angles and instant replay) the majority of injuries happen from collision and freak-twisting of joints. At least the injuries that take people out of the game. Other than that it is pulled-muscles/cramps which is normally a conditioning issue or freak accident.
Those are just my two cents, now... Discuss. :D