Giants says they’ve “implemented a few programs” to update medical practices

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When asked to contrast Tom Coughlin with Chip Kelly and Pete Carroll, Eagles defensive back Walter Thurmond said that all three coaches share the drive to win championships but that Coughlin takes a different path when it comes to some of the new medical practices that have caught on in Philadelphia and Seattle.

“He doesn’t believe in the sport-science aspect like Coach Carroll or Coach Kelly and the newfound technology for the players,” Thurmond said. “His style takes a hit, because he doesn’t believe in this aspect. He believes in winning, but he doesn’t believe in the modern medicine to progress the players to that next level.”

The idea that Coughlin is slow to adapt to new techniques isn’t one that feels like it comes out of left field. He’s the oldest coach in the league (although Carroll is No. 2 on that list) and has been in the same job with same head trainer and conditioning coach since joining the team in 2004. Beyond that, he’s also the coach who said that injuries are “a mental thing” when he joined the Giants so it’s easy to see where Thurmond would develop those feelings. Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said the team has adopted new techniques of late, however.

“You would have to ask Walter what he is referring to specifically when it comes to comparing and contrasting,” Hanlon said, via ESPN.com. “But the fact is, over the past 2-3 years, we have adopted and implemented a few programs: the GPS system we employ to monitor workload, diet in terms of offerings and preparation in the dining hall, and sleep studies. Those are a few of the things we have done as we continue to evolve.”

Injuries are a reality of life for every NFL team, but they’ve been an overwhelming one for the Giants over the last few years. Whether that’s because of training methods, Coughlin’s disdain for sports science, bad luck, something else or all of the above, it’s something that the team should be looking into in order to change the trend of lengthy injury reports during the 2015 season.

15 responses to “Giants says they’ve “implemented a few programs” to update medical practices

  1. If your source was anyone besides that Coughlin sycophant Hanlon I’d believe your story. The amount of injuries and sticking with the same trainers for over ten years IMO proves otherwise.

  2. Huge Giants fan, but the injury bug has been at it’s worst for the past two years. Maybe some of the new changes aren’t as good as they think they are?

  3. Coughlin doesn’t “believe in winning.” Coughlin is a winner. He’s won two sbs, been to four conf champsionships with two teams, won a sb as a position coach, won div titles, and was a heck of a college coach. It’s really bush league for a player who did nothing in his one season with the Giants except hang out with the team doctors to speculate what “level” Coughlin is on. Also, comparing Kelly to Coughlin is a waste of time. Their resumes do all the talking.

  4. Yes. For dealing with in-game injuries, Coughlin has ditched the old-school technique in which he and trainers yell, “walk it off and quit your whimpering!!”

    They now favor of the new, state-of-the-art technique in which they bark “tape it up and get back out there!!”

  5. thegronk87 says:
    Jul 1, 2015 9:34 AM
    fakng injuries, is that covered under the new system?
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    According to an inside source with the team, Chase Blackburn jumping higher then Gronkowski to intercept a Brady pass during the Super Bowl is one of the clips that will be in the training film for the new system.

  6. ““He doesn’t believe in the sport-science aspect like Coach Carroll or Coach Kelly and the newfound technology for the players,” Thurmond said. “His style takes a hit, because he doesn’t believe in this aspect. He believes in winning, but he doesn’t believe in the modern medicine to progress the players to that next level”

    Right. Kelly & Carroll haven’t had more than their share of injuries even with the newfound technologies? Thurmond wants to use Chip Kelly’s system for the model of eliminating injuries? Sure hasn’t been that way the last 2 years. Thurmond has proven with his latest statements he really doesn’t have a clue what he is talking about.

  7. Why are they dignifying the remarks of Walter Thurmond? He’s been able to play in 36 of the 80 games he’s been eligible for in the NFL. He took the money last year and contributed nothing! The guy can’t stay healthy so he blames others. If Walter had any class he’d return or donate his salary, because he sure didn’t earn it. He might be a good player when healthy, but who knows? He’ll complain about Chip when he sends him packing too.

  8. Let’s see how many games he plays this year, lower than 8 is my bet. The Giants have been destroyed by injuries the last 3 seasons. The real killer has been not once in the last 3 season have they started a season with 75% of there starters playing on opening day. They’ve started behind the 8 ball each season, and it gets worse each game played. I believe it has something to do with the team and how they go about training and other things like that. I have a hard time believing it’s “bad luck”. Something isn’t right, and it should be looked into.

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