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Sean Rush outlines detailed player health and fitness plans

Blues' Head of Physical Performance Sean Rush.
Blues' Head of Physical Performance Sean Rush.

Once we know when our first game back will be, we can work back three weeks and put together a mini pre-season when the players are back in.

Sean Rush.

Blues' Head of Physical Performance Sean Rush has provided details of the measures the Club has been taking to ensure the players remain as fit as possible during the current health crisis.

These have included tailored fitness plans, the delivery of fitness equipment to enable them to train at home, as well as helping with their dietary needs.

"We got together with the medical department last week and put a plan in place for the players in case the situation worsened," said Rush.

"With the government’s policies in place and restrictions on gatherings, it’s important that we get some equipment out to the players so they can tick over at home.

"The medical department have put together some packs with supplements and vitamins in just to give their immune system a boost as well.

"So, we’ve been ferrying (exercise) bikes around to the players houses, using a couple of vans we have at the Club.

"We’ve put together individual fitness plans for players so there’s bits of equipment in there that they might need."

It has been a well thought out process by the Club's backroom staff to ensure that when football finally does resume, the players can get back up to speed as quickly as possible.

"We’ve been working on their programmes for the last few days and emailed them out to the players last week," continued Rush.

"We’re trying to stay on top of everything and make sure the players can stay healthy first of all but maintain an aspect of fitness as well.

"The situation is changing all the time but we’re working on the basis that the players will not be in for at least the next two weeks. It could be more but that’s the assumption for the moment.

"Once we know when our first game back will be, we can work back three weeks and put together a mini pre-season when the players are back in.

"It’s not going to be over the top because we’ve got to remember these lads have already played 30 odd games, there’s a lot of minutes in their legs and we’re a small squad.

"I’m hoping to bring the players back in on the 6th and 7th of April to do a bit of testing and I’ve put a bit of a carrot stick out there, if I think they haven’t been doing anything then they’ll be staying in to do a bit!

"We all know what set of lads we’ve got here. I trust them with my life. These kids will just carry on working and doing things right.

"They’re all following government guidelines when it comes to staying in and keeping their distance from other people.

"We have to just trust the players as people, because they’re no different to anyone else, we’ve all got to be sensible and do the right things."

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