The fact that Stanford operates differently than other football programs in the conditioning and medical realms is no longer a secret. Unique collaboration between strength and conditioning coordinator Shannon Turley, team physician Dr. Jason Dragoo, and head trainer Steve Bartlinksi has created a new monster in the West. Injury rates have plummeted from all-time highs to remarkable lows (the two-deep roster missed only 10 games due to injury in 2012, only two of which required surgery) while physical dominance has paved the Cardinal way to three consecutive BCS bowl appearances.
As Turley pointed out in The Bootleg's exclusive roundtable interview, the Stanford process begins far before a player sets foot on campus. It begins in the recruiting cycle, when the Cardinal coaching staff pre-selects players best fitted for the team's system of development.
"You don't make a kid tough," head coach David Shaw said this past year. "You find a tough kid."
The 2013 batch of players have been found, and they're already hard at work before they report to Stanford on June 23. One of the most intriguing players of the incoming class is 6-foot-5, 225-pound Ohio defensive end/outside linebacker Mike Tyler, who is religiously following the strength and conditioning packet that Turley has sent to all incoming freshmen. Tyler says the program is focused on injury prevention, and he discussed the details in the radio interview below.
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