Perform at St. George’s Park has secured a deal with the Professional Footballers’ Association to provide residential rehabilitation for PFA members for the next three years. Up to 900 PFA members receive rehabilitation at the Perform sports medicine and human performance centre at St. George’s Park.
The scheme will start this month and follows several professional clubs sending their players to Perform for rehabilitation, since its opening in September 2012.
“With St George’s Park being the base for the 24 England teams, and the home of football education, it seemed the natural choice to offer rehabilitation for our members at the state of the art Perform at St. George’s Park facility,” remarked John Bramhall, Deputy Chief Executive of the PFA.
“We have been delighted with the provision of rehabilitation at Lilleshall over the past 17 years and we are confident that Perform at St. George’s Park can enhance the high standard of service to our members.”
The scheme will be overseen by Dr Charlotte Cowie, Clinical Director at Perform at St. George’s Park, who has significant experience in professional football, leading the medical departments at both Fulham and Tottenham. Steve Kemp, the elite football physiotherapist, will lead the rehabilitation for all players attending the facility. Steve currently works with all of the 24 England teams when they are at St. George’s Park and travels with the men’s senior squad. He has also over 12 years’ experience in professional football, working at Wolves, Leeds, Preston and overseas in South Korea.
“We are delighted to be providing this service for the PFA,” commented Steve Kemp. “With arguably one of the best facilities in the world it will be a pleasure to rehabilitate professional players from all levels at such an inspiring venue.”
All players will spend four days of intensive rehabilitation at Perform and will be residential at the Hilton hotel on site. They will receive their rehabilitation from an experienced multi-disciplinary team including physiotherapists, doctors, sport scientists, strength and conditioning specialists, yoga teachers and soft tissue therapists, all of whom are based on site.
The intensive rehabilitation is to assist clubs in the management of a player’s injury. It offers the players a period of time to focus on their injury away from the distractions at their club. The aim is also to provide objective feedback to the club on the player’s progress to assist in their long-term management.
The service is also available to assist PFA members, current and former, who become injured when out of contract and support them in regaining full fitness and finding a new club.
Any clubs wishing to send players should contact Perform at St. George’s Park, on 01283 576333 in the first instance.