Last week we had the opportunity to go down and use the indoor facility at Worcester Warriors rugby club

 

And my friend it is an awesome place

 

It has pretty much everything you could want to help your players

 

Cryo chamber, hyobaric chamber, alter g treadmill as well as pretty much everything else you’d want in a gym

 

Huge 4g indoor pitch, running track and about 6 weight cages

 

But the thing we really wanted to tap into was a sand pit they had in the corner of the gym

 

One of the big areas we are trying to help our fast bowlers with is their ankles

 

They seem to get a lot of ankle impingements

 

Soft tissue injuries, like pulled hammy or groin or quad don’t happen anymore

 

Shoulders and side strains the same

 

But the 2 we are still in constant battle with are backs and ankles

 

We are pretty sure we are heading the right way with both

 

We are lucky with the ankles that we can manually keep on top of them

 

Our head of sports science, Benny D, is a whizz with manipulations, taping and keeping the ankles manageable

 

But we want to get ahead of them

 

There are things we cant control, like foot holes, how hard the pitches are ect

 

Some we are looking to improve on are more conditioning drills

 

We have added more isometric work and hopping, a lot of the stuff that Steff is a massive advocate of in his training with fast bowlers

 

But using the sand pit has added an extra dimension

 

Their do it barefoot (as all their training in the gym) and the instability of the sand adds a great extra proprioceptive input to the ankles and lower limbs

 

And also it’s a great way to start some loading back in to players coming back from injury without the impact of the hard floor

 

Now time will tell if it works

 

Once we are back to the season the amount of work Benny has to do on their ankles will tell us

 

But as always we want to keep progressing and helping as much as possible

 

And if you need help in your training then the Inner Circle has all the programs you could need

 

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Think differently

 

Dewsy

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