Einstein's own sports medicine expert Rosemarie Boehm, MD, joins Ike Reese on Sportsradio 94WIP this week to discuss the most important injuries of interest to Philadelphia football fans. Going into week five of the season, the Birds are coming off of their first bye. Dr. Boehm weighs in on the physical advantages of having an early bye week. Plus, she discusses what players could do during their week away to be in optimal shape for their return to the field.
Each team gets a bye during the regular season. It can be as early as week four or as late as the 12th week. An early bye could be helpful to heal from training camp or to give the players a chance to make early adjustments for the rest of the season. If players are hurt early on, it gives them an opportunity to rehab and return with missing less games.
As for the Eagles having an early bye this season, they currently have a short list of injured players, Zach Ertz with the rib injury and Leodis Mckelvin with hamstring injury. So for them, it gives them more time to prepare for return but may not be a physical advantage to the rest of the team.
And while having a late bye may help when the grind of the long season is taking a physical toll on some players, and give players a chance to peak at end of season or for playoffs, I don’t think our Eagles will be disadvantaged from having this early bye. Confidence is high, players are strong and healthy and I think momentum will just continue.
With the team away from the practice facility for the week, what's the best thing for the players to do with the time off? Keep the same training schedule, or give their bodies a break?
During the bye week players get a chance to get away from the training facility. Players will have a personal preference for what they do and how they spend their time. Obviously if any players are injured, they should use time for continued rest and rehabilitation.
Other players may not have a specific injury, but may just need to heal their bodies overall. They may need to clear their heads and refresh their bodies. Some may need to continue their in-season training regimen for continuity and repetition while others may need to relax, rest, eliminate stress and recover.
I do recommend stretching, spending some time acclimating to the changing weather, hydrating, eating well and even massages. Since the bye is early on in the season, the players need to do what they think is best based on their injuries, aches and pains, how they are playing, how much stress they feel with a new season and maybe a new team.
They need to do whatever keeps them ready to play and gets them back onto the field safe and healthy.
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