Following a season hampered by hamstring injuries, the Dallas Cowboys have made some changes to the way they work out.
According to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News, the team has added six machines to the weight room at Valley Ranch and installed ballet bars in an effort to address that very issue. Last year, the Cowboys had 12 players miss games due to hamstring issues.
“We’ve put a big emphasis on addressing, as an organization, some of the injuries that we’ve had,” said head coach Jason Garrett. “Just an emphasis on stretching, giving our players the opportunity, whether it’s with ballet bars or V-sits or back systems, whatever things we use, we try to help them get into routines that can help them be flexible and avoid some of the injuries we’ve had. It’s always been an emphasis for us. We have to look at ourselves and what we’re doing to help our players stay as healthy as possible.”
Garrett added that the team has adopted a new approach to their stretching routines.
“Typically, we’ve done kind of the old team stretch, and we’re experimenting with dynamic warm-up stuff that I’ve done in my past, other coaches have done in the past,” Garrett said. “You try to be innovative, you try to evolve, you get feedback from the players, you get feedback from the coaches. We just try to help our players get themselves more ready to practice and hopefully stay healthier over time.”
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