However, Weiszer pointed out a couple months ago that Georgia had the same number of surgeries in 2013-14 as it did the year before, and five fewer than the 27 total of 2011-12. Plus, on the speaking tour this spring, Coach Richt took a business as usual approach:
Regardless, the information pointing to a sharp rise in non-contact knee injuries is a trend that has every sports fan hoping their team's staff is paying close attention. Football in particular is a violent sport. Players are getting stronger and faster every year. But as the source article states, 70% of knee injuries are of the non-contact variety. That points to either a lack of training altogether or a lack of adequate training in order to prevent such injuries.
For instance, in the NFL, 24 of the 32 knee injuries (the ones a camera was able to focus in on) last season occurred during a non-contact situation. As a result, there's a growing sentiment that more emphasis needs to be given towards proper training, regardless of age.
It will be interesting to see where this trend goes. We may not have access to data coming from the high school level around the country, but we should be able to generate a pulse for this at the college and especially at the professional level this season.
To take that a step further, the NFL's collective bargaining agreement has only taken time away from teams and what they are able to monitor as far as the training of their players. The NCAA on the other hand, has given its coaches more supervisory time - eight hours a week to be a part of their players' training in the summer.
Will this help prevent injuries? We don't know, and to be honest we may never know.
But it can't hurt.