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Ten Good Reasons Wrestlers Should Play Football

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Before I dive in... The wrestling community loves to talk about how great wrestling skills are for football players. We're not wrong either. In fact, in my experience, wrestlers tend to dominate in other sports as compared to their peers despite not always having the same size or experience. Football, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Track & Field, etc all have tons of examples were talented wrestlers stand out.

But we approach this issue the wrong way most of the time. We want other sports to send their athletes to us with an obscure promise that they will get better at their sports... I mean it's a "win-win", right? Except those coaches are doing all the upfront work. Here's an infographic that is often shoved down football coaches throats...

https://www.michiganwrestlingresource.com/2019/11/ten-good-reasons-wrestlers-should-play.html

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21 hours ago, Billyhoyle said:

It’s also a great way to get injured right before the season. 

So let's bubble wrap them in front of their Xbox instead. All sports include an injury risk. Burnout is a much higher concern. Overuse injuries also a bigger concern when you have kids training exclusively for one sport.

Sports is getting be by video games. Getting kids to reconnect in real life and staying active is worth the injury risk. All sports have that same risk, the kids still need to get out and play. Their opportunities are gone before they know it.

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On 11/11/2019 at 9:02 AM, dansabin80 said:

So let's bubble wrap them in front of their Xbox instead. All sports include an injury risk. Burnout is a much higher concern. Overuse injuries also a bigger concern when you have kids training exclusively for one sport.

Sports is getting be by video games. Getting kids to reconnect in real life and staying active is worth the injury risk. All sports have that same risk, the kids still need to get out and play. Their opportunities are gone before they know it.

Run XC- better odds of staying healthy AND think of how your wrestle earns the confidence to kick in that 6th gear after that first lung searing first period.

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It's been my experience in the first few weeks of preseason, the wrestlers with the absolute worst conditioning are the kids coming right off the football field.

3+ hour practices everyday, standing around bored for most of is the culprit.

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55 minutes ago, Boompa said:

It's been my experience in the first few weeks of preseason, the wrestlers with the absolute worst conditioning are the kids coming right off the football field.

3+ hour practices everyday, standing around bored for most of is the culprit.

I have to agree that they you can tell who played football and is right off the field the first couple of meets but it doesn't take them long to catch up.  Also I agree you have more chances of injury when you continue to do the same thing over and over its better to use new muscles and let your body to strengthen in other areas. 

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I like the concept.  It makes alot of sense to me.  It's a different way to try to solve a problem that is difficult to fix.  I think it can make football coaches and other football players appreciate the mentality, toughness and work ethic of the wrestlers.  It also bonds the two sports so that it makes it more likely to build friendships and encourage the crossover from one sport to the other.  I don't think the poster is saying it as a way to get your wrestlers in better shape.  However, there are many examples of excellent wrestlers who play football as well.  Not sure it would fit into the lighter weights as much though.

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Everyone complains about FB, but I love to get FB players to wrestle.  I'm in TX, so obviously the best athletes are playing FB. Here are other reasons that I like to get FB players on my team:  

1)  They are usually aggressive and both sports benefit from that. 

2) It works both ways and when FB players have success on the mat and it translates over to the FB field, FB coaches see the benefits.

3) FB usually have the popular athletic kids.  This helps draw interest, which in turn helps my program. 

4)  Burnout is less likely if kids are playing multiple sports.  This goes both ways for both sports. 

5)  Younger kids see these big HS sports hero's and when they find out that they wrestle also, it translates into more interest, more athletes, and better wrestling programs. 

 

I definitely try and promote the sport both ways. 

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