I completely understand trying to avoid unnecessary injury, but if you were that paranoid about injuries, you wouldn’t play any sports.

Once again, I heard someone complaining about a pain and the first thing the coach says is, “Stop lifting weights and doing those plyos during the heart of our season.”

Yes, of course, it has to be the workouts.  Couldn’t possibly be the practices that you are doing to contribute to the athlete’s issues.

There comes a time and place to not workout and it certainly isn’t during your season.  You don’t stop working out, you modify the intensity and volume.  The time and place to not workout is when you have your planned active rest period.

I just tore both my quad tendons and I had workouts to do.  Now the workouts were definitely modified for my condition, but they were workouts nonetheless.  And as you read last week, I didn’t tear these tendons during a workout, but playing in a basketball game.

In fact, can you think of any big time injury of an athlete that was done during a workout?  I can’t.  Just about all of them happened during a game, practice, or involving a little alcoholic shenanigans.

Can you injure yourself during a workout?  Yes, absolutely.  I’ve done it before.

Could your workouts be the cause of a nagging injury?  Maybe, but that is a weak maybe.  Most of those nagging injuries were caused do to some imbalances developed a long time prior to you working out.

You have to give strength coaches credit (not all, but at least the ones I know) that they will adjust the workout according to where your athlete is in the season.

If you are in the off-season and have plenty of time to recover, then the intensity might be greater.  If it is during the season, you might do a lot of the same drills you did in the off-season, but at a lot less intensity.  It still serves a purpose, but 99% of the time the nagging injury you have is NOT because of the workout you are doing.

As a strength coach who has injured himself during a workout, you should have some faith in me that I’ve learned from those mistakes.  Sometimes, it was stupidity on my part.  Sometimes it was just an imbalance I was not aware of it, that manifested during a lift.

I know you love your kid, but I probably know his/her body better than you and how it will respond to training.  We both have the same goal and if I’m suggesting a particular type of workout, it is because I think it is the best course of action.

You can’t hire me as a performance coach and then tell me you don’t want your athlete doing weights, plyos, or whatever other dangerous exercise you think about because his/her body isn’t ready.  Basically, how to do my job.

I know I’ve just met you, but have you spent over half your life researching this to know that for sure?  Or is it because you are scared little Johnny or Janey will hurt themselves?  You realize they can hurt themselves in their sport right now and be out for the season.  That has nothing to do with lifting.

I know what is appropriate for each athlete no matter what their age.  I have two kids of my own and I will treat them like they are mine.  I know this is cliché’, but TRUST ME.  I am rehabbing for the next 6-8 months and I don’t wish this on anybody.  I’m going to make damn sure your kid is doing exercises that will only make them a better athlete with little risk to injuring themselves.