by Joe Tasca on 11/26/12 at 10:00 PM ET
Springfield Falcons president and general manager Bruce Landon has some thoughts on the injury epidemic:
The question is always asked: Why are there so many injuries? Everyone has their own opinion, right or wrong, and I have mine. Injuries from big hits or blocking shots are common. However, I honestly feel that some players work out too much. I know this comment will raise some eyebrows. However, over the years as I have watched players get sidelined due to hip flexors, stomach muscle strains, groin pulls, etc., I started thinking that maybe they were spending too much time in the gym. I am by no means a doctor, but the human body can only take so much. All teams now have a strength and conditioning coach that is supposed to monitor a player's off-ice activity. Dan Gregory does a great job for the Falcons. However, when I watch a player ride the bike and do other exercises before a two-hour practice and then hit the weight room for another hour after practice, it makes me wonder if over-conditioning can be more harmful than people think.
I happened to chat with Landon in the concourse prior to a Falcons game this past weekend. He told me about how then-Blackhawk forward Al Secord suffered pulled abductor muscles in his thigh during a team practice in 1984. Notorious for his strenuous workout sessions, Secord was one of the few players at the time who would hit the gym before practice. Landon is convinced that Secord's tendency to push his body to the limit on a daily basis contributed to his injury.
The reality is we'll never know for sure whether his penchant for working out like a madman really contributed to the many muscle injuries Al Secord suffered early in his career. Still, Landon's idea is very intriguing, and it puts a different spin on the workout craze that has overcome the modern-day athlete.
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Tasca's Take is written by Joe Tasca. Born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, Joe works as a broadcaster for seven radio stations in southern New England. Whether that's a testament to his on-air ability or because he has a desparate need for money is debatable.
Joe spends his summers playing golf, enjoying the beauty of Misquamicut Beach, and wining and dining girls who are easily awed by the mere presence of a radio personality. During the winter months, he can usually be found taking in a hockey game somewhere in North America. In the spring, he spends much of his time in botanical gardens tiptoeing through the tulips, while autumn is a time to frolic with his golden retrievers through piles of his neighbors’ leaves.