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01-09-2013, 10:41 PM
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Simple Skill and Physics

Originally Posted by Hardyvan123 View Post
Great post and a couple of comments.

1) not sure if skill is the right word either as Farkas mentions. IMO a skill is something we can see in a young player and can project, at least to a certain degree, to the next level that each young player takes up the development ladder.

All to often the observation of a players ability to stay healthy or not is after the fact, hindsight is 20-20 proposition.
If it was a true skill we would be able to predict these things, at least to some degree and with which players before based on observation and scouting before injuries happen.

2) Simple physics apply at some point IMO. With bigger, faster players, faster pace, changes in equipment like hard elbow pads, a significant increase in the number of hits, collisions and the impact of them being harder, more weight ect..

Too often modern players are being called soft, injury prone ect and not tough like in the old days and people are forgetting that the changes in the game that might be more the cause than the "skill" or lack of it, to stay healthy.

Just my 2 cents.
Projections happen all the time at the developmental levels which is why you have AA,BB,CC down to A,B,C levels for age groups further subdivided into minor and major in certain regions. Youngsters are grouped by skill level to avoid injury. This has been part of youth hockey from the start.

Simple physics also covers the skill of rolling with a blow as opposed to fighting thru the blow. Watch how boxers roll or slip and neutralize blows. A learned skill. Likewise football players, some of the great running backs - Brown, Simpson, Payton, Sanders, Smith, short list whose careers were not marked by injuries.

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