FNF Coaches Talk: Pandemic injuries, NFL will promote HS football, Duncan Robinson’s fallback plan

FNF Coaches Talk

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1. NFL Sees Spate Of Injuries. Is The Pandemic To Blame? (Los Angeles Times)

We had a hunch we were seeing more injuries than normal this season, and not just because we had Saquon Barkley in fantasy football.

There’s the notion that some of these injuries are connected to the league shutting down team facilities and scrubbing preseason games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That theory proposes these are injuries that might have happened in training camp but intruded on the season because there were no preseason games and no hitting in practice until mid-August.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache, among the world’s top sports surgeons and a team physician for the Rams and Dodgers, said the pandemic had a seismic impact on the way players train and prepare for their seasons, and that disruption created a ripple effect that’s become evident.

“Most observers and fans of sports don’t realize what these guys are doing from the moment that last game ends from the previous season to when they start to prepare for the next season,” he said. “There’s a big routine to that. And this was completely thrown haywire in baseball and football.”

Because of the disrupted training and training camp schedules, knee injuries that typically happen in August likely would come later, even though teams have been meeting and working out since late July.

“All that 2020 did was make it much more probable that there was going to be inconsistent preparation for those peak times of injuries,” he said. “So you can imagine what a mess that is. It’s a recipe for disaster.”

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2. NFHS, NFL announce partnership to promote high school football (AZ Central)

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the National Football League (NFL) have announced a first-ever partnership aimed at promoting the growth, understanding and support for football at the high school level.

As a part of the partnership funded by the NFL, the NFHS will work to develop and execute a strategic plan with the primary objective of promoting high school football.

A major focus of the NFHS-NFL partnership will involve surveying of state high school association administrators, high school student-athletes, parents, coaches and officials with regard to their experiences in football and the benefits of participation. The NFHS will be working with UpMetrics on various survey instruments as a part of the arrangement.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the NFHS and the NFL to work together to help ensure the long-term viability of high school football,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “We are appreciative of the NFL’s commitment to helping us provide educational resources and messaging about the benefits of high school football. The timing could not be better as many high school and NFL teams begin their seasons during these challenging times. This partnership provides much hope for the future of the sport in the years ahead.”

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Do you think the NFL should take on more of a role in promoting the sport?

3. NBA Finalist Duncan Robinson networked as a college senior because he felt his playing career was over (Bleacher Report)

Show this one to any of your athletes who is discouraged that he’s not on his dream path at this very moment!

What players do you use as examples to demonstrate that persistence is rewarded?

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