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Old 05-07-2008   #25
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Dan Riley video


I don't see a transcript of it.

Basically, he says that this year is only a little different in that assistant Ray Wright has them doing football specific drills earlier in the season and that they got a little bit more equipment.

He says that their program is different than some in that some programs have the players doing more plyometric stuff in the offseason. It's his belief that if you don't use a particular function you lose it, so his in-season program is the program.

I know in other talks I've heard him give, he talks about how he wants nothing in the weight program to possibly hurt the players. That, for example, he prefers them to do machine squats that do not compress the spine.

Overall, I don't think that I know enough about the program to say anything yay or nay about it. As has been said before, lots of the injuries have been flukey.

I do know that the most fit guy on the team is Andre Johnson, and from what I understand, he does a lot of plyometric stuff with the Miami people in his offseasons.

I also don't really understand Riley's belief as far as off-season/on-season as it relates to plyometrics. In the offseason, I would think you should be doing powerful movements that mimic football movements to get your body ready for the explosive activities you do in football. And once the season starts, you don't have to continue those plyometric movements because you are doing that through football actions--you just need to maintain strength.

In the video, they show someone doing very controlled strength exercises, which certainly make sense--it makes sure that you don't injure yourself cheating with heavier weights. I don't see how it prepares the body for the need for explosive strength.

And while I understand how your body needs to do things to preserve strength, I am a big believer in the muscle confusion priciple that weight lifters all know that if you do the same activities over and over again, even with increasing weight, you may not get as good results as doing a variety of strength training activities.

But even with the variety of weight equipment that they have, I would not be comfortable with the focus on weight training that only works on slow controlled movement. Strength is just one aspect of fitness and an important one for football obviously, but I don't see how what they are doing relates to explosive power and balance--which the focus of a lot of the plyometric training.

Early in the video, he seems to suggest that muscular strength is the basis of all the things you need to do to play football speed, power, burst etc. I think that might over simplify.

One thing that a more plyometric program risks for that many players is that they injure themselves while doing it. You have to have very good conditioning and not overdo and very good supervision--that can be hard with large groups of people training.

This is just thinking outloud and is not meant to be a criticism of Dan Riley's program because clearly we have only seen a snippet of it, and I have just heard generalized information about it from lectures. Clearly I don't have his exercise background but just have a personal interest in fitness issues. Just things to think about.
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