A few of the highlights from the past week at Perform at St. George's Park:
Gary Lewin, England First-Team Physiotherapist
Gary Lewin, the first-team physiotherapist for the England national football team, was on site last week as he continues his rehabilitation from the ankle injury sustained on World Cup duty in Brazil. Gary has been working with Steve Kemp, one of Perform’s elite physiotherapists and Gary’s replacement in Brazil, to accelerate his recovery and get back to England duty as quickly as possible.
Marketing Derby Breakfast
80 marketing representatives from businesses in the Derby area attended a breakfast event hosted at Perform at St. George’s Park. The group were given the opportunity to gain an insight into Perform’s world class facilities through the delivery of three unique experiences; a Human Performance lab session, a Hydrotherapy recovery session and a Michael Johnson performance session.
The event was a big success and all participants thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“Thank you for this morning, really enjoyed it! The coaches promised that we wouldn’t feel sore tomorrow, although I suspect this may not hold true!!” – Martin Brummit, Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking
FA Licensed Coaches’ Club Level 5 CPD Event
Perform ran an FA Level 5 coach education event at St. George's Park last week, led by our sports scientists Carl Wells and Nathan Miller, alongside elite physiotherapist Steve Kemp and strength and conditioning expert Ian Aylward.
The event focused on the importance of fatigue detection in football. The team explained the physiological measures of fatigue, including a case study of detecting the onset of fatigue with the England U20 World Cup squad. In addition, a practical workshop was part of the programme demonstrating methods to enhance recovery and reduce the impact of fatigue on subsequent performance levels. This included hydrotherapy, forms of massage, aerobic exercise and nutritional/hydration strategies.
The feedback from the event was very positive, with all participants saying that they found the event very useful for their coaching development, including managers at Premier League level.
Nike Academy Screening
Perform screened a number of young football players from Russia last week as part of a readyness-to-train screening programme for the Nike Academy.
The Nike Academy is a full-time, pro-level training programme run by Nike and based at St. George's Park. The programme aims to help carefully selected young footballers work on their game and earn a professional contract. Perform assist this process by screening the footballers using our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, in particular the Human Performance Lab to identify any deficiencies in flexibility and mobility, using this data to help with training protocols and injury prevention.
The screening consists of a Body Composition analysis, Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Y-Balance test.
PFA Residential Rehabilitation
We had a number of PFA players with us at Perform last week as part of our PFA Residential Rehabilitation Scheme. Garath McCleary of Reading FC, Ryan Lane of Plymouth Argyle FC and Ryan Colclough of Crewe Alexandra FC were all at St. George's Park, along with James Hurst, James Hall and Alan Gow. They worked with our physiotherapists, strength and conditioning coaches and sports scientists as part of their rehabilitation programmes to help speed up the injury recovery process and get back on the pitch as quickly as possible.