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Team Diet|BMI: Possible Root of Injuries...

We'll make this short and sweet...

As everyone has been debating the possible cause of injuries to Pitino's teams over the past 10 years, no one has made mention of or questioned the team diet. My understanding is this...Pitino is a low-fat, lean muscle advocate. The problem with such a diet is that a lack of fat will cause a lack of joint nourishment. Fat and water are what keep joints lubricated...but it is fat that gives them their strength. Now, my post is entirely theoretical, as I do not know what the team nutritionist has our guys eating (aside from Chane's penchant for cake). But from sound bites here and there over the years, my understanding is that fat is not ideal in the Pitino system or at the team table. Additionally, % body fat (do a quick google search and see how many times Pitino's name is mentioned with 'percent body fat') is an integral part of his conditioning...which only further adds insult to injury in regards to joint health when one is deprived of normal working body fat. So to conclude...from a nutrition standpoint, if one is neither consuming enough fat regularly nor is maintaining a healthy BMI with enough spare body fat, this becomes a recipe for disaster in terms of injuries to fascia and joints. Fat is what protects our bodies--especially the joints--from injury. Take that away and injuries become inevitable.

It would be interesting to find out what the team diet entails and whether this is, in fact, at the root of our string of inexplicable team injuries. I welcome any discourse on the subject and any information to help draw a more sound conclusion. Go Cards!

--Doc

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