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Yanks_Baby wrote:Athleticism is defined by stamina, strength and skill. Ripkin's stamina was arguably greater than any other athlete in the history of sports. Add to that that his skill level was far above average, and he was a great athlete.
mkultra wrote:If "health is not a skill", then I assume that Chipper Jones is your #1 3B and Rich Harden is your #1 SP.
In general, almost all muscle pulls can be prevented through those means.
J35J wrote:So you think the reason why Chipper and Harden are hurt all the time is because of their skill in that department? I'd call it genetics myself.
Ender wrote:In general, almost all muscle pulls can be prevented through those means.
100% incorrect. Plenty of players stretch exactly like they should and still get pulls. The Chipper Jones example is great as he has some of the best trainers in the world doing everything they can to stop him from having these problems and even though he does everything the way he is supposed to they still keep happening. Same with Griffey when he was having the problems. Blaming players and saying if they just stretched more it wouldn't happen is what i was calling naive.
Fade2White12 wrote:So you know the training, dieting, and stretching regimens of Chipper Jones and Ken Griffey Jr.?
But in all seriousness, you're right, sort of. Obviously it is naive to say that ONLY stretching correctly would prevent muscle strains, but in what I said, I am 100% correct. The factors I listed above greatly greatly greatly reduce the the occurrences of such injuries. Most players are not diligent enough about conditioning and stretching all muscles used in baseball correctly or strictly stay on a very narrow diet. However one who actually chooses to do so will be likely be a relatively healthy baseball player. I'm not sure how you can say that a player getting injured is solely because of chance rather than how one takes care of their body.
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