It may seem obvious, but it’s an excellent place to start. Pre-emptive efforts to avoid injury are well worth the investment.
Still, we’re only human, and it can be tempting to cut corners – even for the pros. “It’s amazing how little of a warmup you do when the coaches aren’t there,” Aidan laughs. “But it’s so important, and I learned that the hard way when I was younger.”
His go-to prehab recommendation? “I’m a big believer in Pilates. I think it should be a prerequisite for all first to third-year players.”
And if you’re feeling a sudden twinge or pain, respect what your body is trying to tell you. “You push through, and that’s when the injuries come,” Aidan says.
Recalling a minor ankle sprain he sustained while playing with the Giants, he shares how he attempted to play through the pain. “I hurt my calf because I was running funny. I tried to pretend everything was fine and ended up setting myself back a couple of weeks.”