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More testing ahead of season build-up

2 July 2021

Day two of testing for the Colchester United squad saw them move away from the U's training ground.

Following Thursday's work at Florence Park, all the squad were at the University of Essex at various times across Friday.

Once again, the theme was measured testing, with the players working with the University's Human Performance Unit staff members, Kelly, Jason and Nick.

U's Physio Greg Barnes was observing matters, and explained what the lads were up to, how it might benefit them going forward and why the University facility was being used.

He told "The players have been going through another load of tests, with the emphasis being on jump scores and strength tests."

"The jump score is worked out through a number of jump tests, which let us know how powerful the leg muscles are for each of the lads.

"They also did some Isokinetic testing, which gives a measure of how strong the thigh and hamstring muscles are.

"Both these methods give us a detailed analysis of each player, and we can use that in a few ways as the season progresses.

"It gives us a chance to tailor work if there are big differences in left and right legs, or between thigh and hamstring strengths to improve strength and power.

"We also now have benchmark results so if a player gets injured, we can have a good idea during their rehab how ready they are to return to training and/or playing.

"We will also do these tests again halfway through the season, so we can see what effect games and training have, and react if there's any drastic drop-off in results."

On the relationship between the club and the Uni, Greg continued:"Some of the equipment is fantastic and we don't have access to it at the training ground."

"The relationship has been building over the past few years, and it works well because the data that is collected from the players can be used for student and University research, study and learning, and we get access to equipment and staff that can enhance what we can do as a club.

"It's a great place to have access to, so a big thanks to them for their help." 


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