SPORTS SCIENCE & MEDICINE
The Sports Science and Medicine Department aims to maximise playing and training availability; throughout the development phases by the effective use of detailed data analysis and individual conditioning programmes. In addition, it will maximise the players’ physical performance capacity, allowing players to compete at the highest level for longer periods.
The Sports Science department designs and implements the physical syllabus. This is a strength and conditioning programme that focuses on speed, strength, mobility and balance. This syllabus is delivered before training and during gym based sessions.
Preventing and reducing time out of training with injuries or illnesses is an objective of both the Medical and Sport Science departments. In the Medical Department we use Medical Screening Questionairres, Movement Screening and growth patterns to identify previous, current or potential risk factors.
If an academy player does get injured, they can book in to see a physiotherapist or doctor in the evening clinics, which run Monday to Friday. The physiotherapists and doctors will use the clinical assessment and all the other screening information we collect, to devise a plan of how best to manage each individual so as to look after their welfare and maximise their availability.
INDIVIDUAL LEARNING GUIDE
In order to maximise the player's development, they are given an individualised physical development programme. This is achieved with analysis of the player’s objective physical data by the Sport Science and Medicine team and relevant physical targets are established. Each player is given their physical target in their Individual Learning Guide. This is discussed and finalised as part of the performance review process, so a holistic interdepartmental overview is provided. Each player is given specific exercises to work towards their specific target. The target is reviewed and amended in the 10 weekly cycle.
When setting the physical targets, we prioritise movement competency, as this is the foundation on which physical developments can be made. We also recognise the importance of recent growth spurts and/or injury. If a player has had a recent significant growth or injury, then we base their physical targets around this. Any player who has sound movement patterns and has not had a recent growth or injury is given a target based on their fitness and anthropometric data and the reports from members of the multidisciplinary team.
Player monitoring has the duel responsibility of being used to manipulate training load and intensity to maximise physical performance, whilst also being used to maximise playing and training availability.
This is achieved in the Sports Science and Medicine Department by use of predictive size and shape assessments, monitoring training loads and finally monitoring players via an injury audit. As an Academy, we offer a large amount of 1-to-1 contact between the players and the staff. This is via an "open door" policy and the Player Review and Individual Learning Guide process. Both of these are multidisciplinary in approach.
Schoolboy players can now make an appointment to see the medical department during weekday evening clinics by clicking the PHYSIOTHERAPY link at the bottom of this page.
To contact a member of the Sport Science & Medicine department, please visit the 'Contact Us' page.