Well, this is actually a valid and interesting thread.
There are two questions:
1) Can our training staff improve pre-workout dynamic routines to reduce the risk of non-contact injury?
2) Is our staff better, worse, or on par with their peers?
After a brief googling session, I've come to the conclusion that it's almost impossible to determine the actual state of injuries among NFL clubs.
There's plenty of stats, but lots of unreported injuries and little meaningful detail. Importantly there's no breakdown between contact and non-contact injuries -- ie between preventable/reduceable injurious events and those which are a part of the violent game.
Here's a great article on how teams ranked for the 2012 season with regard to injuries.
The snapshot conclusion -- the 9ers probably underreported the severity of injuries. We rank among the league lowest in out and questionable categories, but are *2nd highest* in the league in reporting probables:
It's a good read.
What disturbs me is the prevalence of serious non-contact injuries among 49er players.
This is usually a sign that the a player is not prepared for practice, or not properly stretched and prepared for movement.
If a player is coming in off 2 hours sleep and partying, they are most at risk for the kind of cns malfunction that causes tears, strains and muscle pulls.
It's absolutely a trainers job, imo, to bring that to coaches attention and single out players for warm up only or some other non strenuous status designation.
A fine or other punishment is suitable imo.
Additionally, players that are put back in circulation TOO SOON are equally at heightened risk for injury.
Sorry, but I have to specifically point to Manningham on this one. I watched that replay five times and it was evident to me that his hampered mobility played a role in the severity of the injury he sustained. In retrospect, he just wan't ready to come back at that time, we took a chance, we rolled snake eyes, and we lost him.
Some of the injuries so far in camp are self inflicted wounds -- i.e. Kap breaking fingers with 90 mph canonballs.
But others may be preventable and we should strive our utmost to make sure that players are properly prepared for strenuous movement on practice day.
Does anyone know how the different player positions are prepared during a typical training camp day? How much time is devoted to dynamic flexibility and movement prep?
Here's a few other interesting sites: