If anyone caught Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy’s press conference on the first day of training camp, they would have heard him talk about the team using television timeouts during practice. One of the main purposes is to simulate an actual game, while there are other good benefits as well. In fact, the Packers are very smart to implement the TV timeouts into training camp practices.
It is no secret Green Bay has suffered too many injuries over the past three seasons. The Packers were able to overcome a mountain of injuries in 2010 to be victorious in Super Bowl XLV, despite everything going against them. Unfortunately, injuries took its toll the last two seasons in which Green Bay was bounced from the playoffs in the divisional round both times. The good news is that the television timeouts the Packers have been using in practice should actually help to prevent injuries.
“It’s something we looked at from a medical standpoint, the ability to lower the heart rate of the players within the practice,” McCarthy said, according to USA Today Sports. “It’s also really trying to train the way you play. TV timeouts are part of the game, and it’s part of that curve that the athletes’ bodies go through on game day. So that’s one of the adjustments that we’ve made to try and be a healthier team.”
The organization has also implemented a new nutrition and training program for the players, one that is supposed to make injuries a less likely occurrence. Hopefully, these small adjustments will help the Packers bring home another Lombardi trophy.