Player Watch #23 Buddy Franklin - 50 goals away from 1,000

How long will Buddy play for Sydney?


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Kennedy Parker

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Lance Franklin
Lance Franklin is a giant of the game. The star Sydney Swans forward has played 300 AFL games, won two premierships with Hawthorn, is the seventh-greatest goal-kicker in VFL/AFL history, is one of just five men with eight All Australian blazers and is the most recent player to have kicked 100 goals in a season. The Western Australian is also one of just two players in the game’s history, along with former Swan and Saint Tony Lockett, to have booted 300 goals for two clubs. Franklin was added to a leadership group for the first time in his career ahead of season 2020, joining co-captains Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker and Dane Rampe, as well as Callum Mills. But the 33-year-old, who was named captain of the 2018 All Australian team, has long been considered an exceptional unofficial leader, so great is his impact on Will Hayward, Nick Blakey, Ben Ronke and the rest of Sydney’s young forwards.

Lance Franklin
DOB: 30 January 1987
DEBUT: 2005
DRAFT: #5, 2004 National Draft
RECRUITED FROM: Dowerin (WA)/Perth (WAFL)/Hawthorn

 

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Bear31

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We can joke about Lance making the papers for being photographed putting out a rubbish bin, but surely Lance should be fit?
This seems much more than "match fitness from lack of playing?
What injury/injuries must Lance have that he is not fit after 9 months?
It has to be more than "groin"/"hamstring" injuries?

From today's Trade Radio of Charlie Gardiner
Gardiner also provided an update on star forward Lance Franklin who failed to play a game in 2020 due to knee and hamstring injuries.
“At this stage he’s tracking well,” Gardiner said.
“He’s continued to train through his break and he’s working really hard, he’s as keen as ever to get back after what was a really disappointing 2020.
He’s got a long way to go in terms of getting himself fit, resilient and durable given how much footy he’s missed, but he’s right up for the challenge.
“He’ll be a big part of what we do next year.”


 

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Bonz

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We can joke about Lance making the papers for being photographed putting out a rubbish bin, but surely Lance should be fit?
This seems much more than "match fitness from lack of playing?
What injury/injuries must Lance have that he is not fit after 9 months?
It has to be more than "groin"/"hamstring" injuries?

From today's Trade Radio of Charlie Gardiner
Gardiner also provided an update on star forward Lance Franklin who failed to play a game in 2020 due to knee and hamstring injuries.
“At this stage he’s tracking well,” Gardiner said.
“He’s continued to train through his break and he’s working really hard, he’s as keen as ever to get back after what was a really disappointing 2020.
He’s got a long way to go in terms of getting himself fit, resilient and durable given how much footy he’s missed, but he’s right up for the challenge.
“He’ll be a big part of what we do next year.”


The issue is after each injury your muscles become weaker.

I know several fencers who have been cut down from their prime due to reoccuring groin injuries and it's nowhere near as full on as AFL.

I had a lot of reoccuring hamstring issues and it took me two years to slowly get back to a state of fitness where I didn't have to worry about them.
 

Olian

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We can joke about Lance making the papers for being photographed putting out a rubbish bin, but surely Lance should be fit?
This seems much more than "match fitness from lack of playing?
What injury/injuries must Lance have that he is not fit after 9 months?
It has to be more than "groin"/"hamstring" injuries?

From today's Trade Radio of Charlie Gardiner
Gardiner also provided an update on star forward Lance Franklin who failed to play a game in 2020 due to knee and hamstring injuries.
“At this stage he’s tracking well,” Gardiner said.
“He’s continued to train through his break and he’s working really hard, he’s as keen as ever to get back after what was a really disappointing 2020.
He’s got a long way to go in terms of getting himself fit, resilient and durable given how much footy he’s missed, but he’s right up for the challenge.
“He’ll be a big part of what we do next year.”


He’s 33/34 and missed a lot of football in the last few years. He’s played a lot of football (300 games puts him in the top 80 games of all time) and the body has worn down from a long career. I don’t think the injuries are anything more sinister than soft tissue. Problem is he’s in a football sense at the end of his career. The last two years will be tough on a body that may not be able to handle the rigours of such a long season.
 

kelpie_X

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The issue is after each injury your muscles become weaker.

I know several fencers who have been cut down from their prime due to reoccuring groin injuries and it's nowhere near as full on as AFL.

I had a lot of reoccuring hamstring issues and it took me two years to slowly get back to a state of fitness where I didn't have to worry about them.
You need a post digger. That will help
 

Bear31

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He’s 33/34 and missed a lot of football in the last few years. He’s played a lot of football (300 games puts him in the top 80 games of all time) and the body has worn down from a long career. I don’t think the injuries are anything more sinister than soft tissue. Problem is he’s in a football sense at the end of his career. The last two years will be tough on a body that may not be able to handle the rigours of such a long season.
I still love it when he runs out and struts his stuff. A true legend in every sense. Many great memories and I reckon this legend will give me more next year.
 

Heeney2Franklin

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The issue is after each injury your muscles become weaker.

I know several fencers who have been cut down from their prime due to reoccuring groin injuries and it's nowhere near as full on as AFL.

I had a lot of reoccuring hamstring issues and it took me two years to slowly get back to a state of fitness where I didn't have to worry about them.
Wait i thought muscles strengthen after healing? or am i thinking of something else surprised to hear about Fencers and groin injuries.
 

Kapers

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Wait i thought muscles strengthen after healing? or am i thinking of something else surprised to hear about Fencers and groin injuries.
I could be wrong, but the tears that come from injury causes scar tissue to be formed, which is stronger but not a flexible as normal tissue. Scar tissue then is slowly conditioned to allow normal movement. Not all the scar tissue goes away without extended rests (sometimes up to 3 months, or 12 weeks), and some can even take longer, but usually it's within 3 months. If you continue to reinjure it builds up more scar tissue and takes longer to heal.

That's why taking a long time after a hammie can help you "get it right", but it's also my footballers have reoccurring injuries, they just don't let themselves heal to 100%. No one in the AFL plays at 100%, and no one ever will. That's more an issue with the limited time athletes have to make money rather than the AFL as a whole.

That's my limited knowledge, hopefully it answers the question, though I've probably missed the point.
 

Bonz

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Wait i thought muscles strengthen after healing? or am i thinking of something else surprised to hear about Fencers and groin injuries.
Kapers nailed it on the end.

Scar tissue is tougher muscle and not as flexible, because of that it can be injured more easily.

If you strengthen the muscles and make them flexible you can remove easily reoccuring injuri s, but that's a lot easier said than done.
 

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I don't actually mind your opinion about Buddy, and agree with a fair amount of it.

Don't know why you feel the need of raining on a positive persons parade. A little mean imo.
I didn't mean to post that in an unfriendly way Kaps.
I was just expressing my opinion with pictures in jest.
:)
 

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