Jul 27, 2015Pectoral Tears Prompt Vikings’ Workout Changes
Following a number of players suffering torn pectoral muscles, some of whom required season-ending surgery, the Minnesota Vikings took a look at their lifting program and made some changes. The team hopes the new program will address some of the problems.
As reported by Yahoo Sports, after Brian Robison became the third Viking to sustain a torn pectoral, Head Coach Mike Zimmer worked with Strength and Conditioning Coach Evan Marcus to see what they could change in their training approach to keep players healthy. Last year, the team emphasized free weights and Olympic lifts to increase player explosiveness, though Zimmer said he didn’t think that was the cause. He hopes the new changes the team has implemented in the wake of the injuries, including having a spotter for players who are bench-pressing, will have a benefit:
”We’re going to work on strengthening the rotator cuffs much more than we have,” he said. “We’re going to warm up better than we have. So we’ve addressed that. Always, when you get more than one type of injury, and especially pectoral, it’s more of an unusual injury, you have to figure it out.”