Sunday, July 27, 2014
Packers' practice includes snack time
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- You may have heard that Green Bay Packers players have been snacking during training camp practice, and we're not talking about orange slices sent by Aaron Rodgers' mom.
The team's training staff is offering red JELL-O-like snacks and granola-type bars during scheduled breaks that coach Mike McCarthy calls "TV timeouts." Those regeneration periods, which also include musical interludes, started in training camp last season but without the snacks, which were being offered in the team dining area instead.
"It's really something that we have here in the cafeteria that they've added to on the field," McCarthy said after Sunday's practice.
Fullback John Kuhn said he ate what he described as "some chocolate-peanut butter thing" and also a fig bar.
"I tell you what, morning practices are tough to eat before," Kuhn said. "So it's tough to really do your body justice going into a practice when you have to be down there at 8 o'clock and do everything up here [in the stadium] first. So having that on the field is a huge benefit for me because I felt myself at times where I was a tiny bit hungry, and they came out with those things and it was great."
It is another sign that the Packers are searching for anything that will prevent the fatigue-type muscle injuries that have plagued them in recent years
On Sunday, the team announced the hiring of a Adam Korzun as director of performance nutrition -- a newly-created position. Korzun, a registered dietitian, previously worked as the director of sports nutrition for the University of Oregon and for the United States Olympic committee as a sports dietitian.
This offseason, the Packers also contracted with Catapult Sports to help study practice habits and injuries. McCarthy also has rearranged his practice plan for this season.
But for now, the most noticeable difference is snack time.
Tight end Brandon Bostick said he has only tried what he called "the red things," but he thought they helped.
"Or it could be a mind thing, I don't know," he said.