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Dolphins trying to put sports science to work

Yes, the Dolphins are trying new things these days.

Coach Joe Philbin agreed and owner Stephen Ross paid for the cost of turning the swimming pool at the team's training facility into a giant cold tub so players could use the thing and, in theory, recover from workouts more quickly.

Philbin has cut down on the amount of time the team meets daily "a little bit," he told me.

He's going to release the veterans from their rooms at the team hotel earlier than he did during his previous two training camps.

All of this stuff is meant to maximize players. It's meant to make it easier for them to succeed.

It is tangible stuff. And then there's this:

As I write in today's Miami Herald, the Dolphins are turning to technology in the effort to cut down on injuries, perhaps some day be able to be able to forecast the likelihood of injuries, and ultimately to win more.

Read the column and find out how many other NFL teams are doing this kind of sports science stuff these days.

"It provides us information on what guys are doing in practice," said head strength coach Darren Krein. "It gives us an in depth understanding of how one player can be doing a lot more in practice compared to another player based on how they run, based on what they’re asked to do in practice compared to what another guy is asked to do in practice – for example if one guy is on special teams and another guy is not on special teams obviously their practice is going to be different.

"If it’s a third-team guy or a starter it can be a different outcome for them. As coaches sometimes you realize that but you don’t get a full understanding until this sort of tracking device goes on them that tells us exactly what is taking place in practice.”

Consider this: Training camp is a time players push themselves to their physical limits because they are competing, indeed, fighting for jobs. And being able to stay in the competition is key.

So some players may be motivated to not speak up when they are slowed by some sort of minor injury. Well the GPS devices that monitor the Dolphins now can tell Krein and assistant strength coach Dave Puloka a baseline on each player's load and other critical readings in a typical practice.

Suddenly a player goes outside his norm and regardless of whether the player speaks up or not, the Dolphins are aware something has changed in his body.

“If a guy’s got a certain pattern the unit is showing you on a daily basis and then he’s got a day where his player load is way up there and he’s doing the same thing, that would be an indication something is wrong," Krein said.

Look, coaching is part science and also part art form.

The Dolphins are trying to gain an advantage in the science.

It cannot hurt. And maybe it can help.


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Makes sense to me, players won't speak up when they tweak something and do more damage to themselves. Sounds like smart team management.

Pat Devlin and Mike Pouncey. Stars of ESPN Sports Science.

In our case, coaching is part being a blockhead and part being an idiot.

Great idea. The giant cold pool. That stuff works wonders. Nothing like soaking in cold water after a days work. It lessens the swelling and increases blood flow. Combine it with proper nutrition and you have a winning formula.
Horse breeders have been doing this stuff for years.


I like new things.

espn is taking over the world. No wonder why everything sucks now

Sounds a lot like Navy Seal training (but NOT really)

You wear a heart monitor....the heart monitor doesn't lie....

just cause something may be difficult for one "joe"....it doesn't mean it is difficult gor the other....

Some may be good @ runing...so they take it easy...and mill with the pack....the heart monitor rats you out....

others may be strong and try to sham during strength and conditioning drills....the heart monitor will rat you out again....

I like it in terms of measuring EFFORT.....

I would say it has little to do with wins and losses...but it could help in preventing injury....

Now, now, Kris (in Germany), what kind of reasoning is that? If the thing prevents injury, it might have a lot to do with wins and losses. btw, how long are you going to stay in Germany? You are in dangerous straits, you know.

Does anyone remember Marino's back up in the 1990's.
DETROIT -- Scott Mitchell was listed at 6-foot-6, 240 pounds when he played quarterback for the Detroit Lions in the 1990s.
He's not 240 pounds anymore.

Mitchell, who played quarterback for the Lions from 1994-98, is among the latest contestants for NBC's reality weight-loss show "The Biggest Loser." His bio for the show says he now tips the scales at 366 pounds

Maybe those people so unhappy with Tannehill will be happier with this choice of QB.

When the pattern of behavior is taken from the life of some of this sports stars they are no longer immortals

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