Physio Corner

Although we are approaching the third home game of the season, it is my first opportunity to be able to update you on what’s happening in physio corner!
Having returned from Rio following a fantastic games performance by Paralympics GB and all the hype around the games, it has been surprisingly good to get my feet back on the ground at Butts Park.
Firstly, thanks to Max and Ashni, who have held the ship steady whilst I was plying my trade in South America.  I’m happy that my main feedback to them was the messy cupboard rather than anything more serious!  Secondly, welcome to Dr Rebecca Cam, our new Match Day Doctor.  It is great to have some increased medical support on hand match days to support the players to the highest level we can and securing her services for the season is excellent news.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the physio room, but other than a few niggles here and there, the squad are in good shape and seeing signs of the hard work put in through pre-season to build their robustness.
It was nice to get Rob Conquest back against Blackheath from the concussion injury he suffered during pre-season.  Tom Wheatcroft has also now been cleared by the specialists.  This season, we are working closely with The University of Birmingham and their RECOS trial in to sports concussions.  This means we are getting a first class concussion management service for the players and we can ensure a completely safe return to play.  It must, however, be remembered that once the player is medically fit from their head injury to return to play, myself and Rob Norman must work together to ensure the player is fully match fit and sharp before they’re available for selection therefore reducing the risk of picking up secondary injury.
Finally, an update on the long term rehab list.  You’ll be pleased to hear that Cliffie has begun some contact training this week, hitting bags and pads each night and progressing to some live contact at the end of the week.  He has already successfully re-integrated to the non-contact elements of team training sessions and will now be gradually filtered in to full training with a return to play imminent.  He is chomping at the bit to pull that shirt back on and score some tries!
Pete White is also making excellent progress following his surgery.  He has begun his integration to team training this week, and will be progressing his involvement alongside his ongoing high end rehabilitation, aiming to be available for selection towards the end of this month.
Hopefully these updates will be able to give you a glimpse of what is happening behind the scenes.  I’m looking forward to hearing the famous Cov fans cheering us on this weekend against Hartpury in my first home league fixture with the club.


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