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New York Giants Embracing New Technology, Menu & “Recovery Stretch” to Reduce Injuries

July 25th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

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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14 Responses to “New York Giants Embracing New Technology, Menu & “Recovery Stretch” to Reduce Injuries”

  1.  Krow says:

    Early results = fail. Looking at you ODB.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Pretty much wrote the exact same thing in our 9 o’clock article on Beckham Jr. It’s remarkable in a way. No matter what the Giants do to prevent or reduce injuries, absolutely nothing seems to work.

  2.  T-Thom97 says:

    don’t work….it seems every year we have stupid hammy injuries. its funny to me because the players we get don’t have injury problems and then they come here and they always get hurt. remember canty…dude never missed a game prior to coming here. gets here and all of a sudden gets a calf injury. every year around this time we seem to lead the league in hammies

  3.  T-Thom97 says:

    didn’t we lead the league in injuries last year

  4.  kujo says:

    I can’t even begin to describe how ironic this article is. I have no data to support this, but it sure seems like the Giants lead the league in bumps and bruises year in and year out. Injuries happen, but how are these nagging physical ailments not a thing of the past? With the knowledge we have of how the body works, are you telling me we can’t prevent a strained hamstring in athletes with access to the absolute best, cutting-edge bio-medical material at their disposal?

    It’s infuriating.

  5.  kujo says:

    Re: The Alphabetical TE Depth Chart

    Do we know this was a mistake, or is it just a coincidence?

    •  Fran2Eli says:

      Maybe it’s just a way to say to them all that no one has an edge on the other- fight it out boys.

  6.  GOAT56 says:

    Repost:

    I do agree with Kujo that the depth chart does shed some light to how the team feelings about certain players. But I’m not sure that’s case with TE because the depth chart conflicts with practice reports. Robinson has been getting a good deal of first team reps which doesn’t go in line with a player the is truly 4th or 5th team.

    On the other hand Brewer being 3rd string LT is close to a death blow. I think we saw last preseason Brewer is not a LT at this level. I think he has a chance at RT or guard but if he’s not getting a chance there and a guy like Reynolds has moved ahead of him he’s in deep trouble even with Snee’s retirement.

    I though one of the ost surprising things was seeing Jernigan listed as 3rd PR. I think he still has the talent to be a good PR I think his issues have been in his head. With some success now as a WR I wonder if now that will ease his mind and he can let his natural talent take over as a PR.

    •  kujo says:

      It’s about perception. They’re not empirical studies on production–they’re about how the team sees a player as of this time. Robinson could be flashing at practice, but as we learned with Ramses “Destroy Training Camp/No-shows During the Season” Barden, there’s a big difference between doing it in July and doing it in November. There’s a well-worn, well-earned skepticism about this young man, and catching a few errant passes from Ryan Nassib isn’t going to do much to sway Coughlin.

  7.  GOAT56 says:

    Look this is the type of change that many of us have been screaming we need for a while now so let’s give it a chance. ODB getting hurt doesn’t mean it’s not working. I don’t recall any other player missing practice so that’s 88 players practicing out of 90 in the first week of training camp. That’s a ton better than past years.

    Also we can’t forget ODB is a rookie who is adjusting to NFL practicing and training so that can be a factor as well. Especially with him being a quick twitch type of athlete. Plus let’s not forgot upgrading our methods doesn’t mean we will be injury free, just hopefully a lot healthier.

    •  kujo says:

      Apparently this methodology has been in place for a few years.

      Which means we were doing it during last year’s Biblical plague of injuries…

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