The Role of Improved Speed and Strength in the Prevention of Injury

I really dont know what is happening to me, but this week a got a milion issues to argue about… maybe this is because I got a lot of free time and doing nothing :slight_smile:
This sentence bothered me when I first time readed CFTS…
This is partly true, and partly not true… offcourse that athlete with higher speed, quickness, strenght and power will get himself faster from threating situation but there is a lot of factors (inside&outside) causing injury…
One example of this is documented injury (in Low back disorders, Stuart McGill) when powerlifter got injured when lifting a pen from a floor…???
So my opinion that in this case, Charly is not absolutely right…
Maybe that athlete, lifting 600 lb, when try to lift 400 lb, says: “Dude, this is peace of cake…” and then uses false technique, loss of concentration, undirecetd attention etc. and then he will get injured easyer than lifting 600 lb…

Does the lack of concentration, or employment of false technique automatically equal lack of ability, or superiority agaist others, too?

I am sorry but I didnt understand your question… (because of my bad english I guess).
I think the anwer will be: not automatically but it will have a huge impact (concentration, arousal, attention, technique…)

Exactly, it’s the lack of concentration and technique sometimes that may lead to problems, but this doesn’t mean lack of ability, I believe.

Of course squatting 400lbs with bad technique will lead to injury!!! Even if your max is 1000lbs. Sitting on the toilet with bad technique can lead to problems.

Geez. Why do people take things so literally on this forum?

If you are maxing out at 600lbs and you are well supervised and you are not a dumbass, 400lbs will be easy and you will have a greater margin of error if you do have a “minor” technical error. The same goes for speed work. If you have run at 12m/s and you are doing a workout at 11m/s in cold weather, you will be more likely to resist injury than the fellow who has only been able to reach 11.2m/s in optimal conditions. This is assuming that the coach has given the athlete a proper warm-up, has been monitoring technique and recoveries, etc.

Do not analyze what people write based on one or two sentences in isolation. Digest the comment within the context of all of their recommendations and within their philosophy of training.

Are you still truly looking for someone who’s “absolutely right” in this world?
By the way,absolutely or not, Charlie knows his stuff,especially when he writes it!!! :wink:

This thread is vital to other sports such as American football and soccer. Training on a track with training flats will shift maximal speed and will improve performance. When the body is able to run at 4.5 40 speeds, game speeds are safer since the neuromuscular system is not in xeno-land. Those that depend on games for speed are in trouble…

I have been working this summer with a NCAA soccer player and he is off to Spain to train for a week and my confidence is high that he will not get hurt since his nervous system is ready to handle the demands of the game.

Good points by all.

Tnx for your opinions…
I am not looking for someone absolutely right because there is not absolutes nor in life nor in training… and that was also the meaning of this post… I am not taking stuff literally, I just wanted to say that injury is really complex event… and that performance reserve (600 lb - 400 lb) is not going to protect you in the way we think! There is lot of factors that cand induce injury (inside & outside factors)

Tnx, I will have this in mind