Many athletes have endured injuries during the course of their season. Some of these injuries are caused by an incident that happens during a game or practice, but it may also be related to their training routines.
A study published in February in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance examined whether or not a basketball players training habits had an effect on their injuries. The results showed that the players who trained not too often, but not too seldom had the least amount of recorded injuries.
In an interview with Dr. Richard Hayashida, Sports Physician, he discussed how, “players can over-work their bodies if they train hard enough without sufficient rest, and it can be a leading factor for causing an injury. If the muscles are too weak from not being worked out enough, than the players are just as at risk.”
Dozens of NBA all-star players have been injured within the past two weeks, according to CBS sports. Derrick Rose and Anthony Davis are out with a knee injuries, Demarcus Cousins has an achilles injury, and the list goes on and on.
Anthony Davis and Derrick Rose have been known to train harder than their teammates, but have also had a history of getting injured during the season. Davis’s teammate Jrue Holiday, in an interview with Zito Madu recorded in SB Nation, talked about how Anthony Davis is the “first one in the gym, and the last one to leave.”
As much as these players believe that their over achieving work ethic is positively effecting their talent, they may be leading their bodies down the path of injury.
Cousins, on the other hand, has been known to slack off during practices and training sessions. His injury may be related to his lack of preparation and low work ethic, opposite to Rose and Davis’s circumstance.
Players with the right work ethic have the lowest chances of getting injured. As long as they maintain a pattern of working out and resting, then their bodies will be healthier and more conditioned for when game time roles around.