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08-01-2012, 08:41 AM
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The stakes are higher now than they used to be. The investments are much larger, the overall level of attention to training is higher, the routines are more comprehensive. It's how sports have evolved, and there's really no way to go back. With the amount of money being paid to top stars, you can't afford to have them taking their time in camp to get ready, because other guys are going to put in their extra work to try and get that edge.

EDIT: And I don't think the injury point holds as much water, either, because people are more careful, not less, about those types of injuries these days than they were in the past. The increased focus on training also includes more comprehensive rehab programs. Now you can argue about whether those types of programs are favoring the interest of the team instead of the interest of the player, but I'd argue that if the investment is long term then those interests are aligned regardless.

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