News Article – College Football Must Change

27 Jan

CBS Sports – A recent article clearly illustrates the role of athlete advocate that ATs often play.  Since 2000, 19 college football players have died while performing football related training.  Notice, no deaths have occurred on the playing field or the practice field.  No deaths have occurred as a direct result of legal or illegal hits sustained during play.  All these deaths occurred at NCAA institutions in the off-season!

In the article, Scott Anderson, head athletic trainer at Oklahoma State, is quoted and his role in the article is to provide details of what is wrong with today’s coaching style especially in the weight room:

In the past year, noted Oklahoma head trainer Scott Anderson has spoken before the American Football Coaches Association, the National Athletic Trainers Association, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the National Strength Coaches Association. His message:

“The way we’re training college football players in this day and age is putting them at risk,” said Anderson, also current president of the College Athletic Trainers Society.

Anderson was not speaking specifically about Iowa but it’s clear the culture has to end. There is example after example of players being driven too hard, too fast and for too long in offseason conditioning. It’s a macho thing for the coaches. It’s a badge of honor for (some) players to throw up in a trash can. Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma State basketball team’s plane crash that killed 10 men on the way back from a road trip. Schools across the country have changed their travel and safety policies when it comes to flying. As for offseason conditioning …

Twenty-one dead football players and we’re still today training them the same way as we did dating back to at least January, February of 2000,” Anderson said.

Kudo’s to Mr. Anderson and his standing up for the health of thousands of football players in this country!


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