Last month, more than 750 people gathered on the Stanford Medicine campus for the annual Health Matters event. There, Jason Dragoo, MD, team physician for Stanford Football and the U.S. Olympic Committee, delivered a talk about preventing injuries and improving fitness performance. As he explains in the above video, he and colleagues dramatically changed the conditioning program for football players over the last five years: gone is the traditional weight room packed with machines and racks and in its place is a training facility stocked with kettle bells, Pilates equipment, medicine balls, wooden sticks and core boards. As a result, the injury rate dropped more than 70 percent and the team's success has skyrocketed.
Watch Dragoo's full presentation and learn how you can apply the workout tactics employed by Stanford Football to avoid injury and improve your own exercise regimen. And check out the Stanford Medicine YouTube channel for more Health Matters videos, including:
- “Dispelling the myths: Realistic strategies for maintaining cognitive health and preventing dementia” with Frank Longo, MD, PhD
- “Approaching the second half of life with health and vitality: The latest research on longevity and aging” presented by Anne Brunet, PhD
- "Heart Disease Prevention: The Impact of Diet and Exercise on Heart Health" featuring David Maron, MD
- "Understanding Breast Cancer Biology: New Discoveries and Treatments" by Mark Pegram, MD, and Kimberly Allison, MD