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VIEW FROM RYTON: Assistant Sports Scientist Andy Young looks into his role within the football club...

1 December 2015

View from Ryton is the only way you can get a true insight into life at the Sky Blues and it's the turn of Sports Scientist Andy Young to give you the lowdown...

Sports science has evolved over the past few years and has become a really big tool within a football club.

My role is to use the data that we accumulate to help aid the coaching staff and keep the players injury free and at the top of their game.

For example, each player will wear a GPS device so we can track their movements and physical behaviors, such as their distance, high intensity running and other external measures.

The lads also love seeing it, especially the high speed running stats! Ryan Haynes has achieved the highest maximum speed at the club according to the data and it often becomes a competition between the squad.

The manager and coaches will also look at the stats and we can use the data to show them who might need to miss out on a training session to avoid injury or who's performing well on the grass.

I, alongside the rest of the medical department have also been working individually with James Maddison of late, helping him build his fitness with while he has been injured and also giving him some drills to aid in assessing when he will be ready to progress to the next stage of training. It's been really encouraging and everyone in the medical department is pleased with his progress.

We work closely with the physios in order to ensure the best welfare for the players.

We don't just monitor the injured players though, we aim to keep the players who are fit sharp and ready to go. We want to keep their wellness and readiness to train high and we do this through a number of means, mainly through nutritional advice, hydration testing and jump tests. It has worked well this season, the players are really eager to keep themselves in the best possible shape as we look at whether they're eating the right foods the night before a game and after a game to recover.

With a tough schedule, the recovery process is key and nutrition and rest periods can be crucial to aiding a tough Tuesday Saturday pattern of matches.


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