Arsenal have been plagued in recent past with long term injuries which contributed immensely to the trophy drought,with lengthy spells to key players while the gunners slumped in form and blew up the title chances each season.
And Just last season injuries to Theo Walcott, Mesut Özil, Alex Oxalade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs, Lukas Podolski not forgetting Jack Wilshere all contributed to the disappointing end to last season as Arsenal fans were left to imagine what would have happened if we fielded our first choice team against the top 4.
Wenger delivering on his promise to look into the medical procedures and training routines of the club and their contribution to the players’ fitness decided to appoint a new physiotherapist-Shad Forsythe to work along side Tony Colbert who has been the club’s first team fitness coach for about 16 years now.
Shad Forsythe who is currently Germany’s head fitness coach is expected to join the gunners in the 2014/2015 season.
In one of his articles with performbetter.com, he laid down some tips of what the arsenal fans are to expect from him.He said:
“Immediate recovery should take place within the first thirty minutes after competition or training.
Athletes’ Performance has had great results utilizing immediate recovery which encompasses nutrition and cryotherapy.
Post workout nutrition should consist of: a mixture of carbohydrates, fats, proteins (based on the athletes body composition and exertion level), electrolytes (based on the athletes perspiring levels), and water for hydration.Cryotherapy should consist of cold water immersion (55 degrees F) for at least 5 minutes.
Athletes exerting the whole body (Rugby/American Football) should be fully immersed with only the head showing while athlete primarily exerting the lower body (Cyclist/Soccer) immersion to above the waist is acceptable. For the 2006 World Cup we traveled with 6 big garbage cans that we could fill with ice and water for immersion directly after each
The 40 year old who is highly experienced and has worked with top athletes and clubs like LA Galaxy is said to apply scientific methods and theories like Newton’s Laws of Motion “a body at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon by an external force” to the training and recovery methods would bring the much needed improvement on the injury front.
With the acquisition of Shad Forsythe, expect the improvements in players’ speed, shorter injury spells, increase in fitness and stamina levels, and the subsequent improvements on the field of play as well as the much needed result at the end of each game .