Offseason athletes – from weekend warriors to GOAT – focus their training plans primarily on staying in shape and minimizing the risk of injury.
Some areas often require extra attention as your hamstrings are one of those muscle groups. During the regular season, you read the latest injury report almost every week and discover that a top running back or receiver or other positional player shortened their season due to a hamstring strain or torn. Because of this, the NFL recently announced that it is investing $ 4 million in research into Achilles tendon injury.
Alex Guerrero can understand the NFL’s concern. Guerrero, co-founder of TB12, is best known as the body coach of seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady. From the start of their relationship, the two have focused on doing everything possible to extend the future Hall of Famer’s career, including paying special attention to the hamstrings. The results speak for themselves. While it used to be rare for an NFL player to move on at the age of 40, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal caller recently celebrated his 44th birthday in preparation for his 21st NFL season.
He credits Guerrero for helping him stay practically injured. And Guerrero says keeping him in the field takes a lot of muscle to keep muscles supple.
“Supple muscles are long, resilient and move freely so that they can absorb and release forces. In other words, to fully contract and relax under stress, repetitively and without injury, ”explained Guerrero.
He, Brady, and the TB12 team suggest that focusing on weight training alone could be costly for any athlete.
“In an attempt to gain strength and power solely through traditional weightlifting, we end up shortening the muscles under stress. Then we step onto a field, square or the ice and ask the same tissue not only to contract completely, but also to repeatedly extend completely under load and do so in an explosive manner. This is exactly where the biggest mistake is. “