Between January 20th and January 24th more than 80 Iowa football players were put through a series of workouts which resulted in 13 of the players being hospitalized for rhabdomyolysis, a potentially life-threatening condition. While many of the facts about the offending workouts are yet unknown, talk seems to surround a workout that entailed one hundred 240lb. back squats and a long weighted-sled drag for time. The importance of coaching becomes apparent in situations like these as workouts should be designed to achieve a positive result. Anyone can program a horrendously difficult workout designed to crush an athlete's soul, but is that the purpose of training? No. Coaches have a responsibility to understand their athlete's goals and program workouts that will help them achieve those goals in a safe manner. On the other hand, an athlete must be accountable for his or her own general well-being. Intensity is internally driven and, while there are external physical markers of an athlete's intensity, once an athlete reaches the outer limits of their maximum intensity level it becomes their personal responsibility to monitor that intensity.
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Yours truly completing the 2nd Floater WoD at the OC Throwdown.
Posted by Zareh.