COMMON convention would have us believe that modern fighters suffer more injuries than their counterparts from days gone by. There is a school of thought that says “They don’t make ‘em like they used to”, a cousin of “Things were much better back in the past”, and it appears that for many there is a strong case to be made for the idea that, despite the presence of a multitude of coaches, conditioners, rehabilitators, and other scientific wrinkles, fighters are just not as physically hardy as they once were.
Could this be down to a simple of case of far too much learning being applied to a sport that, at its base, is founded on toughness and physical robustness, and that modern-day fighters have honed their bodies to the point where every tweak or strain becomes an injury and therefore ample reason to postpone a fight?
“You asked if it is question of being too finely-tuned, in my opinion it is the case that too many modern athletes are over-trained,” stated physiotherapist Stuart Cosgrove when exploring the issue with Boxing News. Cosgrove helped Ricky Hatton get extra extension on his left arm and still works with people within the trade.