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    Default Weems says young players, including himself, are foolish

    Eric Koreen January 3, 2011 – 3:35 pm

    The kids are not all right. Take it from Sonny Weems, one of those kids.

    Weems has been nursing back spasms since the afternoon of Dec. 17. The Toronto Raptors swingman thought it was an injury that would only keep him out of action for a few days at most.

    More than two weeks later, he is still out, and he will miss the next three games as well. That will mean Weems will miss at least an even 10 games.

    Weems is blaming himself a bit, as he has never really paid attention to core strength.

    “Especially young players, guys around my age, we really don’t pay attention to stretching. We think it’s all just b.s.,” Weems said at the Raptors practice on Monday. “It’s very important. You see what I’ve had to go through. It’s something I will take heed to.”
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    There are good arguments for and against stretching before and after weight training... I'm not sure how that translates to high endurance activities but I make sure I stretch out well before hitting the ice or doing any cardio exercise just incase.
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    more like foolish for squandering his chances by coasting through games at times.

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    It seems to me that Weems was referring primarily to core strengthening

    Weems is blaming himself a bit, as he has never really paid attention to core strength.
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    This maybe a naive thought but why when every team has a trainer or two and with all the historical and medical/athletic best practices having being developed ....that certain off court activities are not mandated and verified. No stretching etc and the player gets injured with a muscle pull (groins are a problem especially) and no pay for missed time. Some of these guys are like children.

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    The fact that there are professional athletes out there that ignore (or don't understand the importance of) core strength and stretching is baffling. This is common knowledge amongst gym junkies - you'd think that guys with an entire staff dedicated to their conditioning would understand this!

    At the very least, they should be forced to complete exercises according to a certain regiment. I would even go so far as having a nutritional guide that stops them from eating McDonald's and Pizza during the regular season. The key to a healthy body starts with your diet!

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    Quote Marz wrote: View Post

    At the very least, they should be forced to complete exercises according to a certain regiment. I would even go so far as having a nutritional guide that stops them from eating McDonald's and Pizza during the regular season. The key to a healthy body starts with your diet!
    Maybe thats why Turk played so poorly here - Toronto staff told him no more pizza.

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