Can we find some kind of answer(s) and explanations behind this ridiculous amount of injuries this football season?
The answer, of course, is probably not. This stuff is usually a byproduct of a handful — or a dozen — different factors; flukiness being somewhere near the top.
Every school goes through this. It’s why half of football is about attrition. It’s also difficult to decipher whether a majority are of the fluky variety or contact-related calamities.
But what’s happened at places like Desert Mountain, Mountain View, Williams Field, Brophy, Chaparral, Highland, Marcos de Niza, Queen Creek, heck, everywhere to one degree or another, is a buzzkill. And those are only ones those outside the teams know about; not to mention all the ones kids are trying to practice and play through.
But during a few conversations with football coaches during the past week, the two commonalities among their opinions revolved around year-round football training, and, curiously enough, “spread”-type offenses.
Are kids overdoing it? Whether it’s lifting weights, offseason drills or conditioning, are teenagers’ bodies breaking down during their season of actual competition from overuse.
Doctors and science folks have a better grasp of that one. Besides, even if true it’s obviously a risk people are happy to take if it means reaching one’s full potential and obtaining a college scholarship.
As for football-only, the spread offense is an interesting theory, one which revolves around quantity: More teams playing faster-paced on offense (thereby forcing the defense to do the same), running more plays, creating more opportunities for the wrong things to happen.
This is an ever-lasting question which, at various points, has gone well beyond football (baseball, soccer and softball immediately come to mind), and it’ll probably rage on forever.
In the midst (and now latter stages) of a football season with all kinds of excitement and unknowns about to unfold, it’s sad to see dozens of teams having to play patchwork lineups (or worse) and trainers working triple overtime, which often determines wins and losses, which sometimes determines coaches’ futures.
Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 898-6576.