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Don't Injure Your Players While Testing Them

"The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey.  The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front.  The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back."  ~Steve Garvey The title seems like a fairly obvious one.   Don't injure your players while testing them. Yet we hear reports of players getting injured during strength assessments more often than we should. Case in point  just this week Linebacker Barquell Rivers, a rising junior, tore his left quadriceps tendon Wednesday during max-out weightlifting testing and will miss five to six months, which means he might not be ready for the beginning of preseason practices in August.  See full article So Mr Rivers is likely out until at least the start of the pre-season and who knows how this inury may affect his career.  This kind of injury is highly preventable by following some simple guidelines when assessing your athletes strength. [S.A. We first covered the topic of testing bac