Giants' Pat Hanlon: Medical practices 'continue to evolve'
Earlier this week, former New York Giants cornerback Walter Thurmond, who is now a member of the Eagles, claimed that Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is behind the times when it came to medical advances and sports science. On Wednesday, a spokesman from the Giants responded to those claims.
Pat Hanlon, the Giants' spokesman on this response, told ESPN via email that Thurmond's claims really have no basis.
"You would have to ask Walter what he is referring to specifically when it comes to comparing and contrasting," Hanlon said, per ESPN. "But the fact is, over the past 2-3 years, we have adopted and implemented a few programs: the GPS system we employ to monitor workload, diet in terms of offerings and preparation in the dining hall, and sleep studies. Those are a few of the things we have done as we continue to evolve."
Why are we talking about this in the first place? The Giants have set and broken their own record for the most players placed on injured reserve in consecutive seasons. According to a study done by Football Outsiders, the Giants have also led the NFL in their "Average Games Lost" metric, which attempts to give weight to starters lost and how much time they miss. Staying relatively healthy for the first time in three seasons can go a long way in helping the Giants get back to the postseason.
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