From the Phiz

Steve Snelling
10:59am, Sat 22nd Aug 2009
I hope the below information helps to give you some insight into what we are doing with Jon Boardman, who continues to recover from his recent Gilmore's groin and Adductor tenotomy operations. Although still taking some anti-inflammatory tablets, he’s now off any analgesic medication and has been pain-free for the last 3 – 4 days.

At this stage, 17 days after the operation, his scars have healed well and we are making sure everything stays stretched out so he has full range of movement in and around the hip and groin area. A vital part of any player’s recovery from injury or operation is to modify their activities so they can, as far as possible, maintain their fitness for the game without aggravating their condition.

Everyone is different so, although individuals may follow similar routines to others, here at Woking we adopt an evidence-based, quantifiable and personalized player/patient programme to ensure amongst other things:-

i. They keep their recovery period as short as possible.

ii. They maintain their cardiovascular fitness so that when they return to play they only have to work on match fitness rather than general fitness.

iii. We ensure their programme is football specific.

iv. We educate them as to the probable cause of the injury so, where possible, they can manage themselves better to minimize the risk of further injury.

v. We screen the player and take the opportunity to address any issues which may lead to possible future injuries, or affect the player’s performance in a negative way.

So in relation to Jon, at the moment, Friday 21st, his rehab has consisted of gym work, on the rowing machine, two-footed jumping and landing, stair work, lots of work on the fit ball to target his core stability and to work on power and endurance in and around the site of the operation.

Jon Boardman on the rowing machine

He’s now progressed from running on the treadmill at the gym to running on the open road. This involves staying in specific target heart rate zones to ensure when he returns to the squad we don’t have to worry about his general cardio-vascular (CV) fitness. With this in mind he finished off today’s session with a high intensity 45 minute run over 5¼ miles monitored throughout by GPS and heart rate monitoring equipment. We paced him with two sports scientists, Jack Taylor and Ben Cobbett, who ran with him and I borrowed his mountain bike and cycled alongside!!!

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