Submitted by pete on September 14, 2006 - 23:22
[url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/09/14/Lightning/Keeping_players_skati.shtml]In an interesting article in the Times[/url], Damian Cristodero interviews several medical experts as well as the Lightning training staff on the positive effects on "Camp Torturella". The Lightning have had the least amount of man games lost to injury the past two seasons, which can partially be attributed to their rigorous conditioning regime to start the year.
I have this argument regularly with fans of other teams who claim the Lightning's success at preventing injury has been the product of luck alone, and it gauls me to no end that the conventional wisdom amongst the national hockey media often parrots the same point. There may have been a point to that after one season, but after two years of having the best success in the league it's a trend, one that other teams would be wise to follow.
I will point out one factor which is missing from the article though, which is that the majority of the Lightning's players are in their mid to late 20's whereas many teams in the league have a much larger compliment of players over 30 on their rosters. Having a well conditioned and youthful team has helped the Lightning stay healthy as much as "luck" and the national hockey media needs to wise up to it.