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What’s a Strength Coach?

The Twins have almost decided to join the modern world of athletic competition:

But here’s a nugget most folks may not realize — or believe — after watching the walking wounded this season:

The Twins already began bolstering the training staff at the beginning of last season when they moved into Target Field.

The team added a part-time, deep-tissue massage therapist who arrives several hours before each home night game, and also a third trainer who doesn’t travel, but who instead stays behind at Target Field with injured players to do more one-on-one work.

And prior to the start of this season, according to two MLB sources, a few veteran Twins players separately approached Smith to express their desire for the team to add a chiropractor, and to upgrade the massage therapist to full-time.

The team obliged, at least in part, by adding a chiropractor who comes in twice per week during homestands.

By comparison, eight major league teams employ full-time, traveling massage therapists, and a handful of others employ either a full-time physical therapist or a full-time chiropractor. That doesn’t account for trainers around the league who may specialize, or have backgrounds, in massage or chiropractic therapy.

A FT chiropractor, massage therapist and other recovery specialists has to be cheap compared to spending 115 million dollars on a 100+ game-losing team.

[BTW, my high school wrestling team, over ten years ago, had a chiropractor, along with a strength and conditioning coach and a trainer; the trainer and the strength coach were shared among all the other sports programs, and the chiropractor was one of the wrestling coaches and didn’t get paid. Still, that’s a sad state of affairs for the Twins.]

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