PEN pics of Huddersfield's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff.
PEN pics of Huddersfield's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff.
INJURY specialist John Hartley found an unused Biodex machine in a storage room when he arrived at Aston Villa. Now he uses it every day and says it has "massive value".
DR Jeremy Bettle, Head of Performance for the Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey team, tells us about his job, the NHL and his views on the industry as a whole.
MANCHESTER CITY have promoted from within to fill the Head Physio position vacated by Lee Nobes last November.
ALBERTO MENDEZ-VILLANUEVA, who taught Eddie Jones about Tactical Periodisation, tells TGG about a concept used by many of the world's top coaches.
FORMER Manchester United Senior Physio Dave Fevre says many “excellent British clinicians” are unable to get work in English football because they are regarded as being “too qualified”.
DAVE FEVRE was Manchester United's Senior Physio when they won the Treble in 1999. He shared memories from three decades of practice with TGG.
GRANT DOWNIE, Manchester City's former Head of Academy Performance, explains how he managed to get 28 full-time staff working together cohesively.
GRANT DOWNIE has worked in the performance industry fo more than 30 years, holding senior roles with Rangers, Middlesbrough and Manchester City. Now he works as a consultant and mentor and shared some of his key principles with TGG.
SIX years ago today, PSG Performance Manager Nick Broad died following a road traffic accident in Paris. He left a lasting impression at former clubs including Blackburn and Chelsea - and in the industry as a whole.
FORMER England and Arsenal Head Physio Gary Lewin has called on the Premier League to carry out a “meaningful injury audit”, arguing that medical teams are being judged on data “they know is not accurate”.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST Head of Medicine Mark Gillett has been appointed as the medical advisor to the Premier League.
IN his first interview since leaving Liverpool in November 2017, former Head Physio Andy Renshaw reflects on his eight years at the club and explains what he's doing now.
BRISBANE-BASED Tim Gabbett is one of the most sought-after sports scientists in the world, working with the likes of FC Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea. He talked to TGG about his influential work on acute-chronic training ratios.
MODERN football's focus on GPS has led many clubs to lose sight of another important part of the monitoring picture: heart rate variability.
MANCHESTER UNITED were the only team in the Premier League not to use GPS after Jose Mourinho scrapped use of the technology.
LES REED’S final legacy to Southampton was a complete revamp of their performance department focusing on “innovation and collaboration”.
JAMES McCARRON is leaving the Premier League after a year to become Head of Sports Science and Medicine for Manchester City Ladies.
THE new Nations League has dramatically increased playing time for some players, research has shown.
HEAD PHYSIO Geoff Scott says Tottenham invested in two speciality mattresses for every member of the squad following the intervention of one sleep-savvy player.
TOTTENHAM assistant Jesus Perez has described manager Mauricio Pochettino’s philosophy as “risk with knowledge”.
GPS used to be the preserve of elite teams. Now it's available to anyone, at any time, as Nottingham Forest sport scientist Nathan Beardsley explains.
FIFA is launching a new system it hopes will “change the way we understand monitoring data”.
BELGIUM Head of Fitness Richard Evans says coaches are now using tech on the bench to help them make substitutions.
MANCHESTER CITY Head Physio Lee Nobes is leaving the club after 11 years to join rivals Liverpool.
MAURIZIO SARRI has sparked a huge debate within the football performance industry by revealing his Chelsea players do not do weight training.
WHAT links Arsenal, Red Bull Salzburg, LA Galaxy, FC Koln and the German national team? The answer is the US performance company EXOS.
A GROUP of prominent football medics are urging clubs to provide players with an Exit Health Examination when they retire.
DARCY NORMAN, the former Head of Performance for AS Roma, believes mindset and communication will be the biggest areas of growth for the industry in the coming months and years.
FORCE PLATFORMS used to be confined to the laboratory until Dr Daniel Cohen's obsession turned them into a must-have item for sports teams around the world.
FORMER Manchester United assistant Rui Faria has revealed he urged Cristiano Ronaldo to ease off on his gym work at Real Madrid.
BELGIUM Head of Fitness Richard Evans takes us inside the camp to reveal how sports science is used to help the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.
WORLD heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he has knocked 5am alarm calls on the head as part of a drive to protect his body.
DARCY NORMAN, the former Director of Performance at AS Roma, says football still has “a long way to go” with strength and conditioning training.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR may not have added to their squad this summer, but the completion of their Player Lodge could make a difference on and off the pitch.
TONY STRUDWICK says sport science has “lost its way” because an obsession with injury prevention is “killing” the pursuit of performance.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has incorporated taekwondo into his game since he was a teenager - now Man Utd have introduced it into their Academy training too.
MATT KONOPINSKI, who has been acting up as Liverpool’s Head Physio since November 2017, is leaving to take up a new job with the Football Association.
ALASTAIR COOK, who retired from international cricket with his 33rd Test century yesterday, has long been renowned for his powers of concentration and resilience.
NEWCASTLE UNITED Head Physio Derek Wright says the “phenomenal” reduction in injuries at the club is down to the “meticulous planning” of manager Rafa Benitez.
WHY do so many football clubs use platelet rich plasma injections when there's no firm evidence behind the treatment? Interviews have shown that the reasons are varied - and not always medical.
ARSENAL Head of Elite Performance Darren Burgess says ‘forced recovery’ has become crucial because of the pressures placed on modern players by technology and social media.
DESPITE being based in Barcelona, Dr Ramon Cugat has become the key medical figure at Manchester City, following a 20-year association with Pep Guardiola.
BRAZILIAN performance coach Alessandro Schoenmaker has left Crystal Palace following a backroom reshuffle by the south east London club.
ROB PRICE, Leeds United’s new Head of Medicine and Performance, says he will be looking to “push boundaries” this season.
ARSENAL have made the final appointment to their new-look backroom team ahead of the upcoming season - and he could be the most interesting of them all.
THE injury Luke Berry sustained on Good Friday was so bad that the game had to be halted for 12 minutes. Now the midfielder is back six weeks ahead of schedule and says gravity has played a big role in his recovery.
MATT CONNERY has been sacked as Head of Medical Services at Everton after 17 years at the club.
CHRIS MORGAN has been appointed as senior physio at Arsenal - two months after it was announced he was leaving Crystal Palace "to return up North for another challenge".
LIVERPOOL have sacked physio Ruben Pons as they revamp their medical department ahead of the upcoming season.
QPR Head of Medical Services Matthew May has taken over from Paul Godfrey at Cardiff City.
CHELSEA first-team fitness coach Chris Jones is to become Frank Lampard’s Head of Performance at Derby County.
HOW did a 27-year-old Englishman end up working with Denmark at the World Cup - as well as with Malmo in Sweden? Fitness coach Ben Rosen explained all - as well as giving the lowdown on stars including Christian Eriksen.
FIFA has been urged to improve its concussion protocols following the 'negligent' treatment given to Morocco’s Nordin Amrabat during the game against Iran on Friday.
PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR Ryland Morgans has been sacked by Everton - four weeks after being told he would remain at the club despite the dismissal of Sam Allardyce.
FORMER Leeds and Barnsley Head of Sport Science Nathan Winder has joined Ipswich Town as fitness coach.
RICHARD COLLINGE, who is pursuing a discrimination case against Watford, has been appointed Head of Medical by West Ham.
IPSWICH TOWN put Academy Manager Lee O’Neill in charge of a sport science team that they say will be “on a par, in terms of quality man for man" with the best Premier League sides.
EXPERIENCED physios Ben Ashworth and Andrew Rolls have been made redundant by Arsenal as part of the medical department restructure carried out by Head of Elite Performance Darren Burgess.
GERMAN Philipp Jacobsen has been appointed to the new position of medical rehabilitation and performance manager by Liverpool.
WEST BROM Director of Performance Mark Gillett has resigned to take up a new role at Nottingham Forest.
LIVERPOOL’s Jordan Milsom has been appointed Head of Performance by Rangers.
COLIN LEWIN, Arsenal’s Head of Medical Services, has reached a settlement with the club that sees him depart after 23 years. His role has been taken by club doctor Gary O’Driscoll, who will head up a new-look medical department.
PAUL GODFREY has been sacked as Head of Medical Services by newly-promoted Cardiff City.
WEST HAM Head of Medical Gary Lewin has left the club after less than a year in post.
TRACKING data showed LeBron James was the second slowest player in the NBA finals - but further investigation showed this was not all it seemed.
HEAD of Fitness Nick Davies has left West Ham, less than six months after being appointed.
ADAM BEARD became the NFL's first Director of Performance when he joined the Cleveland Browns in 2015. He told TGG all about the role - and why he thinks it will soon catch on in the Premier League.
CRYSTAL PALACE Head Physio Chris Morgan has left the club after 16 months to pursue a “new challenge in the North”.
WHEN Manchester City unveiled their state-of-the-art £200m Etihad training complex in December 2014, it included football’s most advanced altitude chamber.
ROY HODGSON paid tribute to his medical and sport science teams after Crystal Palace secured their Premier League safety.
THE special glasses filter out blue light, aiding good sleep, and are now worn by Bournemouth FC, the Golden Lions rugby team and Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games athletes.
BEFORE Christmas, Bournemouth gave their players a present - their own sleep pack. There were three items inside: a pair of glasses, an eye mask and a small torch.
QPR nutritionist Laura Andrews gives her lowdown on the booming protein bar market.
ENGLAND Under-17 coach Steve Cooper has revealed the behind-the-scenes work that led to their World Cup win last October.
TONY STRUDWICK, Manchester United’s long-standing Head of Performance and one of the leading figures in sport science in this country, has left the club to join the Wales national team.
MK DONS have appointed Leicester’s Matt Willmott as their new Head of Fitness and Conditioning and Crystal Palace’s Liam Sweeting as Head of Recruitment and Performance Analysis.
WALES psychologist Dr Ian Mitchell has left his role to join the Football Association.
NORWICH Head of Sport Science Chris Domogalla says the players are “running faster and longer” following changes in training he has implemented.
CHELSEA striker Alvaro Morata has travelled to Germany for a third time to be treated by a doctor who specialises in "regenerative medicine," according to the Marca newspaper.
RYLAND MORGANS has been released as Wales' Head of Performance as new manager Ryan Giggs attempts to bring in Tony Strudwick from Manchester United.
NATHAN WINDER, the new Leeds United Head of Sport Science, got a team on a small budget to punch well above its weight at Barnsley.
ALMOST 10% of respondents to a survey on pay for sport scientists and S&Cs in football reported earning less than £15,000 a year - with 80% of them having been educated to Masters or postgraduate level.
PRESTON'S Head of Fitness, Dr Tom Little, was frustrated by his players' nutrition choices - so he created a new system for meal choices that proved an instant hit.
JIM HENRY has been appointed Head of Athletic Performance and Sport Science by Stoke City following the appointment of Paul Lambert as manager last week.
COULD DNA testing allow clubs to make training more bespoke for every player, maximising performance and reducing injury risk?
RESEARCHERS have investigated the effectiveness of 'phase change materials' as an alternative to cryotherapy chambers and ice baths.
DAMIAN RODEN, who has been Stoke City’s Head of Sport Science since July 2013, has been appointed as Director of High Performance at the Seattle Sounders.
TOO often, fitness staff and coaches are the victims when a manager loses his job. We're also seeing a narrowing of chances for British staff. TGG is calling for a change of approach.
NICK DAVIES has been confirmed as West Ham’s new Head of Fitness, as reported by TGG on December 3rd.
Richard Collinge, Watford’s former Head of Medical, has brought a discrimination case against the club, claiming he lost his job because he was English.
CARLO ANCELOTTI has paid tribute to Nick Broad, his former performance supremo at both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, who died five years ago at the age of 38.
THREE members of the performance team at high-flying Derby County have given a superb insight into what a typical working day entails for them.
JONNY NORTHEAST has been appointed as Head of Sports Science at DC United - six months after losing his job at sister club Swansea City.
OUR top 10 best-read stories of 2017, ranging from Redfearn to Ranieri.
ROBIN THORPE, the head of recovery and regeneration at Manchester United, says some teams have been handed a ‘competitive advantage’ because of the festive fixture list.
The UKSCA says it removed a £12,000 Head of Sports Science job advert from its website, but has defended the decision to list it in the first place.
TOTTENHAM fitness and reconditioning coach Anton McElhone has been named Head of Fitness at the New England Revolution.
BLACKPOOL have been heavily criticised after advertising for a Head of Academy Sports Science job with a salary of just £12,000 a year.
MATT KONOPINSKI has been appointed temporary Head Physio at Liverpool following the departure of Andy Renshaw last month.
CLUBS have been urged to start screening their players for asthma after a study found that 27.8% of its sample had the condition.
THE Wales and Everton Head of Performance tells us how and why he uses Tactical Periodisation.
RANGERS caretaker manager Graeme Murty tells us how the club uses Tactical Periodisation.
NICK DAVIES, the former Norwich Head of Sports Science, is returning to West Ham to work under David Moyes.
RYLAND MORGANS, Liverpool’s former Head of Fitness and Science, has been appointed as Performance Director by Everton.
SOUTHAMPTON have lost the lowest number of days to injury so far this season, while Watford have experienced the most.
WEST HAM manager David Moyes says he hopes to appoint a new fitness coach ‘within the next few weeks’.
TOTTENHAM’S ex-nutritionist has revealed how the club monitors body composition and says players are in ‘serious trouble’ if they put on even a ‘tiny bit’ of fat.
FITNESS COACH Matt Green has left West Brom after 10 years to become Elite Performance Manager at the Premier League.
WALES take on France in the Stade de France tomorrow night. Their Head of Performance, Ryland Morgans, gave TGG an exclusive insight into what goes on in the week prior to a game.
LEEDS UNITED are looking for their first full-time nutritionist as they continue to beef up their backroom team under new owner Andrea Radrizzani.
The reward is a year working on the bottom rung of the ladder, often without pay - but a work placement can be the key to a career in pro football.
WOLVES have recruited Andrew Findlay from Manchester United to become their new Head of Performance Analysis.
JOHNNY WILSON, Notts County’s award-winning Head of Medicine and Sports Science, has left the club after seven years.
NEWCASTLE UNITED have renewed their contract with Irish sports science company Orreco.
SEBASTIANO POCHETTINO, 22, is the youngest first-team sport scientist in the Premier League, having been promoted to the role by Spurs in the summer.
HEAD OF S&C Tom Williams tells us why he swapped Leicester City for a job in the MLS with Toronto FC.
STUART WARDLE has left his role as Head Physio at Norwich City, meaning the bosses of every football department at the club have been replaced since Sporting Director Stuart Webber took over in April.
LIVERPOOL have dismissed Head Physio Andy Renshaw, who had been at the club for more than eight years.
LIVERPOOL are the first Premier League team to start using infrared thermography software produced by a Spanish company called ThermoHuman.
LIVERPOOL’S Head Physio, Andy Renshaw, has hit back at critics of the club’s injury record, insisting the medical department achieve ‘outstanding’ results.
DOZENS of clubs use GPS data. But how exactly is it gathered? And, most importantly of all, how does it impact a manager's decision-making? Will Abbott, Head of Academy Sports Science and S&C at Brighton, told us more.
LIVERPOOL defender Dejan Lovren says he has been taking ‘five painkillers before every game’ - despite warnings about the overuse of medication from leading experts.
MANSFIELD TOWN will take on Notts County for the Matt Salmon Trophy tomorrow in honour of their former physio, who died from lung cancer in May at the age of 25.
A NEW movement analysis system promises clinical-level screening accuracy, while being portable, affordable and easy to use.
DARREN BURGESS, the new Director of High Performance at Arsenal, has called on practitioners to “stick together and not publicly comment on what happens at other clubs” following a tweet from his West Brom counterpart.
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger says he has no idea whether modern recovery techniques work or not - and claims no-one else does either.
SOUTHAMPTON have brought in an expert to try and discover why their players are losing so many days to hamstring injuries.
SAMMY LEE, Ryland Morgans and Orlando Trustfull have left Crystal Palace following the arrival of Roy Hodgson as manager.
CHRIS RUSH has taken over as Head of Athletic Performance at Blackburn Rovers.
RICHARD MERRON has stepped up to become Manchester United’s first-team physio following a reorganisation of the club's medical personnel.
EDDIE JONES' Q&A at Soccerex was as intense and stimulating as one of the his coaching sessions. Read and listen to it here.
ENGLAND rugby coach Eddie Jones created back-page news with his superb session at the Soccerex conference this week.
TONY STRUDWICK, Manchester United's Head of Performance, is approaching 20 years as a practitioner in pro football. We caught up with him at Soccerex to talk about changes in the industry, Sir Alex Ferguson and Marcus Rashford.
HEAD PHYSIO Andy Renshaw explained what happens in a Liverpool medical as Naby Keita completed his switch to Anfield this morning.
ADAM KERR has been appointed as the new Head of Physical Performance at League One Scunthorpe United.
ANTONIO CONTE now has nine Italians in his backroom staff following a duo of additions last month - making it the first time since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003 that not a single Brit is among the manager's assistants.
ARSENAL have installed ‘one of the largest cryotherapy units in the UK’ as part of their refurbishment of the London Colney training centre.
LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp has picked out six key backroom staff without whom he would be ‘nothing’.
K TAPE is becoming increasingly popular and seems to have big benefits, but experts are calling for more research into the reasons why.
SOUTHAMPTON first team data scientist Laura Bowen gives a fascinating insight into her role during pre-season - saying her purpose is to give players 'no place to hide'.
NEIL HOUGH, United's first-team head physio for the last three years, has switched to the same position in the Academy.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN have had a four-person cryotherapy unit installed at their PPG Canalside training ground.
ADAM KERR has left his role as Head of Fitness at Middlesbrough following a “reorganisation of roles” instigated by new manager Garry Monk.
MICROSOFT has launched a new Sports Performance Platform which it says could enable teams to predict injuries and prolong players’ careers.
NBA superstar Steph Curry swears by the benefits of flotation therapy. Could it become a key part of the training and recovery process for more football teams?
Will Abbott, Head of Academy Strength and Conditioning at Brighton, gives us the lowdown on pre-season at the Premier League club.
ADAM OWEN has begun work as Director of Performance and Assistant Manager of Polish Premier League side Lechia Gdansk.
EVERY year hundreds of (mainly unpaid) interns are taken on by professional clubs. Kevin Paxton, Head of Academy Sports Science at Leicester City, says it's time to ensure they're given a fair deal.
JONNY NORTHEAST, Swansea City's Head of Sports Science, is leaving the club after seven years.
MANY players are back at their training grounds this week. The first thing they do is testing. But what exactly does it involve?
CHRIS NEVILLE has left his role as Head of Athletic Performance at relegated Blackburn Rovers.
ARSENAL have appointed Darren Burgess, Liverpool's former Head of Fitness and Conditioning, as their new Head of Elite Performance.
HEAD of Sports Science Nick Davies has left Norwich with immediate effect as the club continues an overhaul under Stuart Webber.
A new app, Fitr Woman, aims to help women with sport's last big taboo - the menstrual cycle.
HAMSTRING injuries went down 5.6% as a proportion of the total in the Premier League last season, according to the website premierinjuries.com.
A MANCHESTER start-up has launched the world’s first virtual reality talent ID and rehab system.
How a product created by a Brisbane start-up has become the must-have piece of kit at Premier League clubs.
Injury rates are reduced when players get at least six days of recovery between matches, new research has found.
A US study has found that NBA players who tweeted late at night performed worse in games the next day.
GARY LEWIN, one of football’s best-known physios, has joined West Ham as their new head of medical services.
JIRI DVORAK, Fifa’s former chief medical officer, says abuse of painkillers is a ‘bigger threat in the long-term’ than doping.
WEST BROM won the Premier League fitness title in 2016/17, with the lowest number of significant injuries and days lost to injury.
WATFORD haven't just appointed a new manager - they've appointed a new management team.
NOTTS COUNTY win the League Two Sports Science and Medicine team of the year award - and immediately gift it to Mansfield Town in honour of the late Matt Salmon.
AN emotional Steve Evans has paid tribute to the ‘outstanding’ Matt Salmon following the Mansfield Town physio’s untimely death at the age of 25.
MANSFIELD TOWN academy physio Matt Salmon has died from lung cancer at the age of just 25.
MANSFIELD TOWN academy physio Matt Salmon has announced his retirement after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
LIVERPOOL and Tottenham are taking a “risk too far” with their players by flying them thousands of miles to play friendlies this week, says the MD of one of Fifa’s medical centres of excellence.
LEADING sports scientist Tim Gabbett has defended Liverpool’s approach to training after Raymond Verheijen described it as a ‘mess’.
JURGEN KLOPP says Chelsea have been ‘lucky’ with injuries this season, leading his old nemesis Raymond Verheijen to claim the German has created a ‘mess’ at Liverpool.
CLIVE BREWER has arrived at the Toronto Blue Jays via Widnes rugby league and Manchester United. He gave TGG an exclusive insight into the working of the Blue Jays' performance department.
BENFICA and Cricket Australia are pioneering use of a ‘player performance platform’ that enables them to make sense of their vast amounts of data.
ALAN PARDEW says sports science and medical staff have become ‘too protective’ and that this contributed to his sacking at Crystal Palace.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the film Flubber. Dr Carmel Majidi, of Carnegie Mellon University, is our latter-day Professor Brainard.
LIVERPOOL’S Andy O’Boyle has been appointed as the new Head of Elite Performance at the Premier League.
NORWICH CITY have produced a superb ‘day in the life’ video making a mockery of the belief that a footballer’s working day consists of a couple of hours on the training pitch.
WHAT links scientists at Newcastle United, NASA and IBM? The answer is Brian Moore and his eight-year-old company Orreco.
AS James Bunce sits in his new office at US Soccer’s headquarters in Chicago, he feels the same sense of excitement he did as an intern starting out in the game at Southampton 10 years ago.
WE’VE written a lot about how important sleep is to training and recovery over the last few weeks. Now a California-based company has produced a ’neurostimulation device’ which it says will get a user off to sleep and aid a restful night.
THE often tetchy relationship between club and country seemed to reach breaking point this week, with Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho and Ronald Koeman all furious about the international calendar.
YOU might know Phil Clarke as a former Great Britain rugby league captain and Sky pundit - now he heads up one of the biggest sports performance companies, Sports Office.
JONATHAN WOODHOUSE (above), Southampton academy data scientist, tells us why a work placement was so important for him and gives advice to current students.
PREMIER LEAGUE players have been reminded not to touch team-mates when they go down with injuries and to leave treatment to the professionals.
JOHNNY WILSON, the Notts County head of sports medicine, has improvised a set of suspension training exercises and put his players, including striker Jon Stead, through their paces.
MANCHESTER UNITED’S head of athletic development, Tony Strudwick, says suspension training has become a key part of his squad’s strength and conditioning programme.
BOURNEMOUTH have used the latest principles on 'training load' to manage Jack Wilshere’s regime and minimise his risk of injury this season.
SMART stamps could soon become a feature at football training sessions after two companies entered into an exclusive partnership to commercialise the technology.
Bournemouth’s squad have started using SleepSpecs - scientifically engineered glasses that use amber lenses to help reduce the effect blue light has on sleep patterns.
WE all know the jokes about footballers and tattoos - but the link is about to become more about performance than fashion.
US SOCCER's new director of high performance told TGG about his journey from sports science graduate to one of the key jobs in football.
US SOCCER has continued to overhaul its development programme by luring James Bunce from the Premier League to become its director of high performance.
MANCHESTER UNITED head of performance Tony Strudwick has marked his 20th year in professional football by charting the ‘seismic changes’ he has seen in sports science and laying out the challenges ahead.
NOTTS COUNTY striker Jon Stead allowed TGG inside the physio's room to watch him undergoing a course of acupuncture at the League Two club.
FORMER England striker Alan Smith demonstrates his old centre-forward skills in an indoor drill developed by the club’s head of sports medicine, Johnny Wilson.