What They're Saying: Pierre Barrieu

“This is my personal opinion: When it comes to these soft-tissue injuries, I’ll tell you flat out: I don’t think this is a coincidence. What can explain this? Again, I wasn’t there to witness the workload and all the other factors during the camp and the days that preceded it. But it would be foolish to have three injuries like this -- three non-contact soft-tissue injuries in the same muscle group -- and think this is a coincidence. And I’m sure [the coaching staff] didn’t do that.”

-- Former U.S. national team head fitness coach Pierre Barrieu, telling Grant Wahl he questions the current regime for the hamstring injuries suffered by Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler and Fabian Johnson during the 2014 World Cup. (SI.com)
3 comments about "What They're Saying: Pierre Barrieu".
  1. Joe Linzner, February 6, 2015 at 4:58 p.m.

    I am apparently dense, is he saying this is the coaches' fault, shoes, turf ? too hard a workout too soon, what, what
    is the implication?

  2. Gus Keri, February 6, 2015 at 10:11 p.m.

    "It comes down to the players, the work and the training method, which is why I really enjoyed my years in the U.S. Players were willing to do the work.”...."You design a good program, you stay in touch and you have feedback and guidelines. Then it’s up to them to do it or not, knowing there would be a way for us to verify if their work had been done or not in camp.”

  3. Ginger Peeler, February 7, 2015 at 8:18 a.m.

    He's saying they were overtrained, which put them at risk for the soft tissue injuries.

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