Written by langham
Statistics show that AFC Bournemouth are way up on injuries compared to other Premier League clubs. Which obviously begs the question, why?
One of my close friends is a sports injuries doctor who’s treated professionals at the top level. He thinks we may be “over-training”, especially the most skilful players who rely on quick turns and exceptional athletic ability which puts a strain on muscles and ligaments, and especially on joints.
Did we overdo pre-season last year? AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe made it clear he wanted a fast start to the season – and he got one. But then the injuries began – a list that grew as the season went on. Did we pay a price for very vigorous sessions that left players literally extended, with breakdowns in training as well as the usual injuries in competitive games?
I hope the club is looking at the training regime. This season could have been exceptional if we hadn’t lost players week after week. Thoughts?
They are playing to the limits of their ability and strength. Every muscle and sinew is strained, as you say, and their bones take heavy knocks. Let’s just hope that their strength and conditioning training delivers what’s required and that they get the rest they need between training and games. It’s all vital. Prevention is better than cure, so every part of the body but especially tendons and muscles, need incredible attention to be able to handle the rigours of the modern game. – Join the conversation, click here.