Originally Posted by uscjeremynca
I've had this idea for a long time now and I've got absolutely no proof. My wife is a physical therapist so maybe I could ask her what she thinks.
In the last 20 or 30 years, the technology and weight training has allowed athletes to add a bunch of mass. Notice OL and DL were nowhere near as big in the 80s and earlier as they are today. I'm wondering if the heavy weight lifting (i.e. squats, machines, etc) has done some damage to the knees with all the weight. With how much guys work out and all the weight, I'm thinking that we are slowly damaging things like ACL and PCL without even realizing it with all the weight being added and the strenuous weight training.
Seems there just weren't that many injuries 30 years ago but now that guys are bigger, stronger, and faster, these injuries are occurring more. I don't necessarily blame it on guys being stronger and faster but the methods they are using to get there. Most ACL injuries are not the result of a horrible hit (Keller, Marcus exlcuded) but a wrong step, twist, etc. Any thoughts on this?
Maybe. OR as you say, it may just SEEM that way. The entire sport is much bigger. Players market themselves. We have 24-7 sports news coverage and the internet. It seems to me thirty years ago, we only know who a handful of players on a team were. So why would worry about them being injured.