ances that may appear to have been addressed during rehabilita- tion will reoccur.
The programme outlined in the next article has been researched and developed by the authors in consultation with England rugby exercise physiologist, Dave Reddin and British Athletics Federation coach, Carl Johnson.
Player analysis It is essential before devising a rehabilitative exercise programme that the individual patient’s anthropometrical measurements are recorded and the physiological profile is assessed and analysed so that the content of the exercise programme will be relevant to his position and biomotor needs.
As a centre back he requires more strength and power than endurance, because he is required to be quick and explosive when jumping and sprinting with reactive power, acceleration power and deceleration power (Fig.3). Remember he is the player trying to out-jump and out-sprint the likes of Michael Owen and Thierry Henry.
It is important to note that players in other positions, for exam- ple a midfield, wing, back or goal keeper will have a different biomotor profile and hence a different rehabilitation routine.
The next article is a continuation of this feature.
The Gayton Group
GP Referral training day for GPs, practice nurses, physiotherapists and other medical professionals
Schedule includes ● Overview of benefits of physical activity ● Short and long-term effects of physical activity ● Medical conditions and physical activity ● Medications and physical activity ● Questions and evaluation