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  1. A game of oblique angles has become a game of oblique injuries.

    Comment by MCCARVER!!! — October 12, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

  2. Yes, Mr McCarver. Oblique injuries happen because the athletes don’t stretch enough! Incompetent buffoons!

    Comment by Ryan — October 12, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

  3. Very clever. High five like thing!

    Comment by Joe Buck — October 12, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

  4. My favorite part of the game last night was V-Mart’s first PA after the injury. He was clearly hurting and the cameras showed him several times, stalling for time around the on-deck circle, just pretending that he could still hit so that they wouldn’t IBB Cabrera. Then he stepped to the plate, didn’t even think of swinging, and they walked him.

    Comment by buddy — October 12, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

  5. Since creatine is legal, an obvious step would be to survey all players to find who is using it, how frequently, etc. and then compare that to injuries.

    Comment by Lex Logan — October 12, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

  6. Why are you back?

    Comment by Tito — October 12, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

  7. Delmon’s lack of mobility in the OF isn’t because of his oblique, it’s because he’s a terrible, terrible defensive player (and player overall). I’m sure the oblique doesn’t help though…

    Comment by Andrew — October 12, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

  8. As a nats fan, I can tell you that Zimmermans defense has still been great- he just has a few more throwing errors.

    Comment by Morse — October 12, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

  9. Creatine’s main function is to supply phosphate to the energy cycle that turns ADP into ATP … for high intense activities lasting 60-90 seconds or so. It enables you to “add muscle” by providing more “energy” during intense workouts. My favorite creatine “studies” are the ones where they start with a guy that in a dehydrated state (who has lost 10 pounds of water weight) and then “loads” creatine for 2 weeks and adds “20 pounds”. Essentially he gains back the 10 pounds due to rehydration and adds another 10 pounds as the creatine facilitates water retention during the intial week where you’re taking mega-amounts. This is what happens when supplement studies are not regulated by the FDA.

    I was going to suggest something about the transfer to an emphasis on rotational mechanics in both hitting and pitching.

    Watching games from previous decades, you see a lot of hitters taking their hands directly to the ball (linear mechanics) and just being slappy type hitters.

    In pitching the emphasis is on shoulder-hip separation (increasing the distance between the two) and as late and violent as rotation as one can get. Think Lincecum for an extreme example.

    The likely “accurate” answer is a combination of factors.

    Creatine would be far down on my list, but it’s always got to be some type of supplement, right?

    Comment by CircleChange11 — October 13, 2011 @ 12:37 am

  10. Another aspect is the function of the core in sports, the facilitate the transfer of lower body power/force to to the upper body/limbs and ball/bat.

    Look at the legs on players since the 90s. Tree. Freackin. Trunks.

    I watched a cardinals WS video the other day highlighting the 82, 85, and 87 WS. It is literally amazing how slight and slappy the players look compared to now. Pete Vuckivich, aw hell I can’t spell it … y’know Clew Heywood from Major League and Kent Hrbek were like beasts/sloths back then. Now they’re average.

    When you look at the mass and power of the lower body and the force that generates, and you’re asking the much smaller muscles of core to transfer that power, obviously the weakest link in the chain is the most vulnerable.

    Quads, Glutes, and hip flexors are simply just so much stronger than the core.

    It’s just humorous to compare the physiques of Harveys Wallbangers Gorman Thomas, Cecil Cooper, Ben Ogilve, Robin Yount to the bodies of Mike Napoli, Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, etc. We’re talking in some cases 50 pounds … and a bad 50 pounds.

    When you look at how many times these guys swing a bat and throw a ball during one season and the likely imbalance of strength between base (quads, glutes, hip flexors) and core (abs, obliques), it’s sort of amazing that there aren’t more oblique injuries than there are.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — October 13, 2011 @ 1:10 am

  11. and NOT a bad 50 pounds it should read, as in it’s mostly muscle.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — October 13, 2011 @ 1:12 am

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