Originally Posted by ssladler
It seems like there have been a number of hiccups in the communication between the training staff and the coaching staff this year. First, there was the confusion about the extent of Connor's injury. Now, the big surprise re: Clowney's injury.
I understand that perfect prediction is impossible, and injuries heal at different rates, but it seems like you could provide the coaching staff with those probabilities, so they can effectively plan for various potential outcomes. It's hard to know how to split up the blame, but it seems like there are a handful of possibilities:
1. The players aren't provide the trainers with accurate info, so the trainers use bad data to make predictions. Solution: impress upon players the importance of being forthright about how their injuries are progressing.
2. The players are providing good info, but the trainers are not using that information well and come up with bad estimates for the coaches. Solution: improve the training/skills of our training staff or get people who are better at making doing this sort of analysis.
3. The trainers are correctly analyzing the possibilities but they are not communicating them to the coaches in an effective way. (ie., trainer says "he'll probably be out 3 weeks", while he means "It's really hard to say much today, but we will know much better by how it looks tomorrow. If you pressed me to give you a best guess today, I'd say 3 weeks, but I dont have a high level of confidence in that prediction and can't give you a better one today." Solution: Explicitly working to improve the way the trainers provide info to coaches and working with coaches on interpreting that information.
I want to add that this is not just about curious fans wanting accurate information. It really matters for gameplanning. If the coaches (erroneously) believe the player is 99% certain to play, while the real probability is more like 70%, they will not use practice time in the most effective way, and it could make a real difference on game day.
1. injuries are not math problems.. there is no set timetable for certain injuries they are all relative to the extent of damage and athletes compliance with treatments and rehab
2. Just "impressing" on players improtance of reporting injuries, getting treatment on injuries, and being honest about injuries doesnt always work .. sometimes they just dont listen or care
3. Our coaches and athletic trainer communicate daily on the status of injuries and injured players
4. We have a great athletic training and sports medicine staff they know what they are talking about and doing
5. injury reports to the public are intentionally vague (HIPPA & FERPA)
6. i dont think there was a confusion of connors injury sometimes players come back the next day and do feel worlds better, people heal differently and you can bet the entire athletic training staff was glad they were wrong about connor