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New Labor Deals in Pro Sports Reflect Need for Rest and Recovery

Last month, both Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association negotiated new collective bargaining agreements with their respective players associations. Notable changes to MLB’s labor deal include shortening players’ minimum stints on the disabled list from 15 days to 10 days, and eliminating the rule that awarded home-field advantage in the World Series to…

Coaches Need Performance Optimization Too (Not Just Players)

Josh Wright holds a position with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers that represents a new line of thinking in the world of professional sports. Wright’s official title is “assistant to the head coach,” but his primary job function is much more specific. While the team has a standard training staff on hand to see to…

76ers Too Cautious with Joel Embiid?

Wednesday, ESPN and ABC news reported that as part of the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement the league and players will form a “wearables committee.” From ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh: “In April, ESPN.com reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers were notified by the league office that guard Matthew Dellavedova was not allowed to wear a device called…

Who Takes the Big Shot?

As a sophomore at Villanova University, Kyle Lowry guided the Wildcats to a 28-5 record and a No. 3 national ranking. Lowry’s squad earned a top seed in the 2006 NCAA tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight before falling to eventual champion Florida. The point guard then declared for the NBA draft, and was…

Missing Games to Rest: A Smart Move in the NBA?

Over a stretch of five NBA seasons from 2008 through 2013, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook never missed a game. During the 2011-12 and 2012-13 campaigns, Westbrook’s teammate and fellow All-Star Kevin Durant played in 147 of a possible 148 contests (a lockout shortened the 2011-12 season to 66 games). Even if they both…

NBA Rule Change a Win for Athletes’ Careers?

There’s a little-known rule in the NBA that prohibits teams from signing a player to a four or five-year contract if he’s going to turn 36 during the time of the deal. It was put in place to prevent clubs from offering guys more money than the salary cap permits by paying them for seasons…

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