Originally Posted by GIF REACTION
A lot of uneducated, never lifted in their life idiots here. Plowking is right.
These players have the best strength and conditioning coaches in the world, access to the best treatment/massage/etc in the world.
You may have a slight point OP but it is a stupid and misinformed one. Players are better athletes today, and the weight to power output is incredibly higher across the board when compared to 50 years ago. It is not extra bulk but the fact that these players are moving with alot more explosion and ferocity. The more explosive you move, the higher chance muscles, ligaments, have of getting injured theoretically... But thinking that way doesn't account for the movement capacity that quality strength training offers... the neurological muscular adaptions, using your muscles more efficiently... Then you have other adaptions over time like increased bone density and stronger ligaments and connective tissues...
Basically, you have more injuries on the court because the game and talent pool is infinitely larger, you have more elite level athleticism across the board... And any time you kick it to max gear, you are putting yourself in a more compromising position if you lose balance or mistep when compared to a 60's athlete who wasn't nearly as explosive. That said, it is not as if players are getting injured every day... The game is transitioning to a faster pace, and favors the most athletic... but they still need to be able to shoot, pass....
Curry is a perfect example of the power to weight ratio done right. He deadlifted 405 and he weighs 180... Even if you just watch him pre game... He does a very smart warm up with a trainer that targets and pre exhausts his hip/trunk stabilizers... And when he plays he does so in a very controlled manner, no unnatural, forced movements. Lebron is like this too... Makes him come off as very stiff in movement, but he rarely gets injured (combination of quality strength training, genetics, HGH usage + anabolics, knowing how to move properly and efficiently)
you're missing the point.
a basketball player's strength relies in the strength of their core, legs, and their physical conditioning (how long their body can move at maximum effort before it needs to rest).
but if you bulk-up unnecessarily (biceps/triceps/pecs etc) and stress your joints then your body will break down faster, it's just a fact, especially due to all the movement you have to do on the basketball court.
if you see bruce lee for example, he was extremely powerful, but you wouldn't know it by looking at him. why is that? because he practiced cardio intensely. he knew
that too much mass would slow him down so that's why he would always place an emphasis on his cardio so that his body would stay slim and toned because too much bulk would slow him down.
people use karl malone as an example but he put in an immense amount of work on his cardio (someone said that he worked out 6-8 hours a day) so that his body was well conditioned for the stress of the basketball court (running and stopping, twisting, turning, etc).
it's like players nowadays have turned ussj instead of ssj2, thinking that they have found the secret when in reality they have only stifled themselves.
here's a good informational video that describes what has happened to the league.