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For three years in a row, the Giants have been at or near the top of the league in injuries, according to annual stats kept by Man-Games Lost.
That’s simply a mind-blowing occurrence if you think about it. But more importantly, it's an alarming trend that, no matter what they try to do, they can’t seem to fix.
Over the last three seasons, the team changed just about everything, including adding recovery days this year, GPS tracking the year prior and adjusting the practice schedule—all tactics that didn’t seem to work.
The one thing they didn’t change was the strength and conditioning coach.
That’s going to change this year, according to Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News, who reported that Aaron Wellman will make the leap from college, where he served as Notre Dame’s strength and conditioning coach, to the NFL for the first time in his career.
Wellman will replace Jerry Palmieri, who had been the team’s strength and conditioning coach since 2004, when Tom Coughlin was hired as the head coach.
According to Notre Dame's website release announcing the hire of Wellman last season, Wellman’s bag of tricks to optimize athletic performance includes “football-specific conditioning” as well as “movement screenings to evaluate mobility and stability deficits along with subsequent programs to mitigate individual injury risk.”
Wellman has also used GPS tracking and made use of psychometric questionnaires, neuromuscular fatigue assessments and salivary testing.
Whether the tactics he brings to the Giants help reduce injuries remains to be seen. Given the Giants’ injury situation of late, it can’t hurt.