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Rovers squad expected to put in hard yards over break

6 May 2022

The Rovers squad may be on their annual break from training but head of sports science Sam Bowring expects the players to put in the hard yards over the next few weeks.

Bowring presented each player with a personally tailored plan for their six weeks away from Cantley Park as they departed for the summer earlier this week.

And he says the focus of their work over the next month will be to lay the foundations of fitness levels required to produce the style of football desired for the new campaign.

“The way we’ve structured the programme this year is that to start with the players obviously need to rest because it’s been a long and tough year,” Bowring said. “They need to rest bodies and rest minds to come back with a new mindset.

“From that we go into the gym-based work and we’re looking at all the players to gain as much strength as they can during this time, especially while they’re not on their feet as much.

“With four weeks left before the start of pre-season they’ll be on a running-based programme, building their volume up and slowly building the intensity.

“The gym programme for the players is very individual and specific to them.

“But what we’ve tried to do is focus on what we’re trying to play next season in terms of tactically and the philosophy, and the nature of the games we’re going to be planning for.

“A lot of the running-based programme is going to be high intensity work and hopefully by the time we get to pre-season, the fans will be able to see that in the games.

“The players have already been warned of what is coming in week one when we’re back in training. They’ve already had the pre-warning to make sure they’re ready. 

“If they’re not ready for week one, they’ll soon realise it’s going to be a tough year.”

While Bowring has been credited with improving squad fitness levels since he joined Rovers in January, he sees the coming weeks as his most important of the year in his role.

“If we condition them properly, there should hopefully not be any major injuries through the year,” he said.

“From my base, it’s to make sure they’re fit, they’re physically ready and ultimately be ready for the whole season.

“Over the last four months that I’ve been here, slowly but surely, it’s been an assessment to understand what has been done, what has worked before and what I can put into it that is new that I believe is a key part of my philosophy.”


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