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Head of sports science discusses first week in the role

25 January 2022

Head of sports science Sam Bowring says he is keen to see an improvement in the short and long-term fitness levels of the group after taking over the role last week.

Manager Gary McSheffrey has spoken recently about his players needing to run more within games, and Bowring says he will ensure the players are in the best possible condition heading into matchdays. 

He said: “Early on it’s about putting my ideas across and understanding what the manager wants from myself and how he wants the team to play.

“My job is to make sure that the team are fit enough to play that way for 46 league games.

“When it comes to competing you have to be the best you can at everything you do on the pitch."

Bowring wants to create a new structure for the way Rovers players look after their own fitness and will allow them to adapt to the different demands of each match. 

He added: “Our strategy will be flexible depending on the way we adapt to coming up against a certain opposition, whether that may need more high intensity running for example.

“Workload is important for every player, on a Monday we’ll have two separate training squads to cope with the demands.

“My job is to understand how we implement the hard work into the players while maintaining their fitness levels as well.

“The aim long term is to get everyone in the right condition where Gary then has a bigger squad to pick from week by week.”

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