A year ago, the New York Giants were among seven NFL teams who joined the client list of Catapult Sports, a sport science and analytics company who supply wearable GPS tracking devices devised to "provide objective data on athlete performance."
On Thursday, the team introduced (at least to the media) a post-practice "recovery stretch" devised to reduce soft tissue injuries, which came as a direct result of the data collected using the aforementioned Catapult Sports gyroscopes.
“That was a recovery stretch,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “Again, trying to enhance this soft muscle business.
"The GPS information tries to help us structure the practice and let us know when we should be doing things like this. The whole purpose is to be able to come back and have a full-speed practice [tomorrow].”
For an old school mind like Coughlin, adjusting to this new technology is a bit trying. It becomes even more difficult for him when the data suggests a shorter practice after having conducted only two to that point in training camp. But because that's what the data said on Thursday, that's what the Giants did, stopping practice over an hour short.
“I’m doing the best I can, how about that,” Coughlin said in regards to the technology suggesting a shorter practice. “I’m doing the best I can.”
But it's not just new technology and preventative exercise that's changed in the land of the Giants. The team has also seen an entire menu revamped, with foods like fried chicken no longer on the team menu. Rather, the team is serving meals such as turkey meatloaf, flank steak, a fish option with every meal, brown rice, whole grain pasta, farro, wheat grass, chia seeds and flax seeds. They also have a new team smoothie bar where a player can order customized drinks to help with swelling, headache, joint pain and any other imaginable ailment.
If nothing else, the Giants have made and are making a legitimate effort to eat clean and healthy, and stretch appropriately coupled with the inclusion of a brand new preventative technology.
Steve Weatherford undoubtedly approves.
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