Pilgrim’s End of Season Testing at City College

12 April 2019 | Sport & Leisure

The College hosted members of Plymouth Argyle’s first team on Tuesday for their end-of-season testing. Argyle’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, Ollie Osborne led the session, under the watchful eye of Head of Football, Derek Adams and his coaching staff.

Ollie said: “City College offered us use of the facilities – which are state-of-the-art. We were looking at strength and balances, the dynamics of how the player has been this season, so we can send them away with better strength and conditioning programmes so we can make them into better athletes.”

The testing was ably administered by City College Plymouth staff and students in the sport science lab, and included data gathering of players’ core strength, agility, balance and weight-lifting. Strength and Conditioning Programme Manager, Ian Davis explained: “We assessed the players’ capabilities in relation to strength, jumping ability, safety and mechanics in relation to movement. The performance of the Argyle players was excellent, given the exhausting nature of a season’s toils in Sky Bet League One.

“The kit and technology that we use, gives us almost instant feedback, so the players can see actually see for themselves on the screen whether there is some sort of imbalance. The team were looking really good, especially for this stage of the season.”

The Pilgrims were put through their paces on four different machines: the ‘nord-board’, which assesses risk of hamstring injury by looking at the balance between left and right hamstrings, the isokinetic dynamometer, which tracks the balance between quadricep and hamstring strength, as well as a force platform which assesses jumping ability, and a weights rack.

The data gathered will be used as a benchmark for players’ fitness, allowing Ollie and the rest of the back-room staff to analyse the squad’s fitness when they return from their end-of-season break in the summer.

You can view the video of the Pilgrims’ excursion to City College Plymouth for free on iFollow Argyle, which includes full interviews with Ollie Osborne and Ian Davis. If you’re interested in information on the university-level courses available at City College Plymouth, including routes in Strength and Conditioning, Sports Therapy or Sports Rehabilitation, click here or come along to the Open Day on Saturday 27 April at 10.00am.

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