17 September 2012, 12:30pm
Physio Corner is new for this season due to popular demand from our Supporters. Read Physio Corner first in the Bath Rugby match day programme at all home games.
Early season games in the heat are always tough on the players' bodies, and last Saturday was no different. We picked up a few knocks and there were some sore lads around but, seeing as tonight meant a relatively short turnaround for the players, we took their recovery very seriously. To this end, the Medical team presented bright and early the day after the game against Wasps last week and offered a full injury clinic, before the Strength and Conditioning staff put the boys through a pool recovery session.
Matt Banahan went to the Circle Hospital for a scan on his knee last week and the results were better than perhaps we had feared. He has suffered a nasty strain and some bone bruising but there was no significant damage to any ligaments, which is great news.
More good news is that Anthony Perenise was introduced back into training last week and encountered no problems.
Stephen Donald has also been running with the team again, but his re-introduction is more complex. Will Owen, one of our Strength and Conditioning experts, monitors exactly how many metres Stephen runs in a session via a GPS unit and pulls him out when the exact required load is achieved.
This level of care and control is important and means that players return from injury in optimum shape and that the injury is less likely to reoccur, giving the coaches as many healthy bodies as possible from which to choose come selection time.