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Where else player GPS tracking helps

Posted by Chris Brown on July 24, 2013 – 1:45 pm

As we covered on Buffalobills.com today, the initial goal of the individual player GPS tracking being conducted by the Bills strength and conditioning staff with players in practice at training camp is to prevent injury from overuse on the field. It’s part of their analytic development. There are also other benefits that the Bills will be able to take advantage of as they gather more data over the next calendar year.

Bills strength and conditioning coordinator Eric Ciano said there will be a benefit to the rehab process for players coming off of injury.

“We can specialize training for offseason, position guys, group to group,” said Ciano. “The number one goal is to try to help prevent injury. Two monitor our players. It’s huge for our rehab too. For a guy that’s coming back when the trainer says, ‘We want him to work at 50 percent.’ Well if I know he’s a 20-mile per hour guy then that means 10 miles per hour. We can monitor that in real time on the computer right on the field or you can take it and download it after and see what speed and we went 1,000 yards today. Our goal tomorrow is 2,000 yards. We can monitor all that stuff.”

Still another benefit down the line is the data provided by the individual player GPS tracking could help the coaching staff structure practices that keep high workload players from being pushed too far for too many consecutive days.

“They can adjust practices maybe for certain guys,” Ciano said. “In other countries with Australian Rules Football and in England with soccer and stuff they use a lot of this stuff to design their practices. That’s the ultimate goal, but our goal right now is to analyze data for a year, get as much information as we can, create great standards for each position group and be able to monitor the guys we have now and make sure we don’t have overuse injuries.”


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Blind Side actor to take in Bills game?

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2010 – 10:33 am

In my conversation with lead actor Quinton Aaron from ‘The Blind Side,’ who trained with Bills strength and conditioning coordinator Eric Ciano, I asked him if he planned to get up to Buffalo for a Bills game this fall.

Though Aaron’s schedule is jam packed, he did express interest.

“I’d love to come up there for a game. When I get back in shape, I’ll maybe suit up if they need an extra player. I pretty much have the left tackle position down,” Aaron said chuckling.

Aaron played just one year of high school football and admits he wasn’t very good.

“Coach Ciano made me a better athlete than I ever was in high school,” he said.

Aaron is staying in L.A. temporarily through TV pilot season in the hopes of landing a regular TV role.

“Then I’ll be going overseas for a little bit,” Aaron said. “I’ll get back in touch with coach when I get back to the east coast from my overseas trip.”

I also asked coach Ciano with his success in getting Aaron down to a more acceptable weight in a short period of time, if he expects to get calls from other movie producers to get actors properly fit for specific roles. While Ciano believes that could happen he’s doubtful he’ll have the time needed to help in his new role with the Bills.

“Maybe,” said Ciano of Hollywood calling again for a similar assignment. “Luckily with Quinton and the way it worked out, I had time then to help him. It was during spring ball and summer after all the spring sports were done. Normally I wouldn’t have had time like that. It just happened to fit in my time frame.”


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Like idea of 2 strength coaches

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2010 – 4:49 pm

With the Bills announcing the hire of co-strength and conditioning coordinators in Eric Ciano and John Gamble, I think head coach Chan Gailey is onto something here.

Based on his comment where he stated that each of them will specialize in specific areas of strength and conditioning leads me to believe that the two new coaches will be working with different position groups. Obviously strength and conditioning for offensive and defensive linemen, which involves short area power and explosion is different from the training for receivers and defensive backs who cover more distance, with the cornerbacks doing it in reverse a good portion of the time.

I don’t know this, but in looking at Gamble’s powerlifting background (dude was #1 ranked powerlifter in the world from 1981-83 in 275-pound class) my guess is he’ll be working with the linemen.

What impresses me about Ciano is he was responsible for the entire Georgia Tech athletic program in terms of strength and conditioning, though he did work primarily with the football team. When we get to September a 53-man roster and eight-man practice squad will seem like a small group to him for sure.


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