Dry Scrap – Why Do Players Get It? (And What Do Doctors Really Think?)
It seems that the fitness craze known as dry scrape is here to stay and is being urged on by some big names in sport and the media. The BBC reported that one of the cheerleaders for this craze, Sir Alex Ferguson, was said by one doctor to be looking at ways of making up for the off-side tackle he paid with his right foot during last Sunday’s defeat to Chelsea. Another defender, Glen Johnson, claimed that there is now a need to make the full-body movement more centralised and jog instead of dance.
Apparently, one member of staff at St Pancras station, London, feels that there is a danger of the team becoming like “a pack of dogs”. He went on to say that it was a mistake not to have employed the dry scrape technique during the buildup of the ball. Apparently, he said the likes of Pablo Picasso would have done well to use dry scrape instead of the more traditional style of flicking the ball with the forefoot.
Apparently, the Chelsea team took to dry scrape quite well when they were warmed up and had their full complement of players at their disposal, before they were knocked out of the cup by eventual winners Manchester City. Dry scrape can sometimes be hard work but apparently, it is worth it for players who are fit and healthy. And even if you are not fit and healthy, it may not be the best exercise to get into when the going is tough.
A former international team member of Spain, Paco Plego, has also made his comments official and has said that dry scrape should be banned. He claimed that he suffered the same injury to his calf in October last year which ruled him out of the entire season. He did not start any of the games and after watching the rest of the team play, was not sure that he could play any more. The injury forced him into retirement. I wonder if any other player has ever thought the same thing.
If a doctor has issued a warning against it, then one has to wonder if all players would follow the same advice! You can be sure that the Chelsea doctor felt the same way and probably told the coach to tell the players not to do it. Plego was a regular victim of the horror of dry scrape and he has actually received several injury claims because of it! It is not just a physical problem either – Plego has also had problems sleeping due to the pain and the stress. Doctors have told him to rest well as a broken leg can cause more long term damage. So what is the big deal?
Well, he has also been hit by a virus which has affected his kidneys and he is now receiving treatment for that
All this has meant that he missed a huge chunk of the season. I am sure many of us have experienced this! There are so many other injuries which have also ruled out players for the season. The problem is that we don’t even know who they are! It is almost like they are playing with their lives!
How about David James?
The England starlet missed almost the entire pre season due to a thigh problem. Now he is fit to play but will be over shadowed by the likes of Ashley Cole andoleon Bonvallon. What is wrong with these players? The doctors have told them to warm up properly in the summer and build up the muscles so that they don’t get injured again.
I have never seen a season end with any injury to key players who were key players for their clubs or country. We are lucky to have some top class doctors in the world today who know what they are doing! They certainly know better than most of usateurs. A bit of prevention goes a long way.