It is well know the Dallas Cowboys have had hamstring issues, one could say the Dallas Cowboys seem hamstrung. This year there were a rash of hamstring injuries, and we all know the Miles Austin problems over the past few seasons. So the question is, Why do the Dallas Cowboys seem to have so many hamstring issues?
Before I begin let me first say injuries happen, and they happen for a lot of different reasons, what I am going to do is give the most likely scenario. Since many of the injuries happen in the pre-season and linger it made me come to the conclusion there is most likely an issue rather than dumb luck.
The human body is a funny thing. If you work out one part of your body more than another your body will compensate to rely on the stronger muscles and not on the weaker ones. This is part of the problem when it comes to the hamstring issues. If a person works out the quads more than the hamstrings, it causes undo stress on the hamstring and will cause strains, pulls, and tears. Notice that players who had no past injuries to their hamstrings seem to have a large problem with them here with the Cowboys.
This all brings us to the Dallas Cowboys Strength and Conditioning coach Mike Woicik. Mike was the S and C coach with the Dallas Cowboys when they won the Super Bowls in the 1990s, Saints in the late 1990s, and Patriots during their Super Bowl runs. He was rehired in 2011. A side note on him, Mike has the most Super Bowl rings of any player, coach, or human…ever. Looking at his career I would say he is probably not the problem when it comes to the hamstrings, although he is a contributing factor. He designs the workouts for the players based on the each players position, need, strength, and weakness.
How the players conduct themselves in the gym is usually watched by a trainer. In the off-season they are not mandated to always workout at the facility, and can workout on their own. Here is where some of the problems originate. If the player isn’t strengthening their hamstrings along with their quads, well they will most likely end up with a hamstring injury if their quads are much stronger than the hamstrings. If they don’t recover correctly it will linger. To treat a hamstring injury you need to rest, ice, compress, take an anti-inflammatory, and maybe a pain killer. Pushing yourself back to your previous level of activity too fast will result in further injury or a re-injury.
I am not saying that the Cowboys have a bad strength and conditioning team. I am just trying to solve the riddle of the hamstrings. Hopefully, Mike and his staff will look at the injury problems in the off-season and make necessary adjustments. So maybe the Cowboys aren’t really hamstrung, maybe they just need to learn how to workout.