The Perform sports science and human performance centre at St. George’s Park has been given the thumbs up by the England Women’s team doctor. The Perform team has welcomed several of the England football teams since opening in September and is looking forward to more players coming through its doors when the international fixtures resume next month.
“All five of our women’s teams have spent time at the new Football Centre at St. George’s Park. To be able to train, play, treat and rehab onsite is excellent and the facilities are second to none,” explained Dr Pippa Bennett.
“From a science and medicine point of view we have been liaising closely with the medical team at Perform to make use of the facilities. We felt it was important that each of our squads were using the facilities in the same way. So we will always have use of a medical room at the Football Centre and use the pool recovery each day. That continuity of care is vital so that our players can transition from one squad to the next.
“As well as the pool recovery and treatment rooms there are rehabilitation and strength and conditioning gyms and a performance lab. Our training camps are often very busy but our team and I will continue to liaise with Perform so that we can make full use of all these facilities for our players.“
Teams regularly use the Strength and Conditioning Gym to aid their training, the Hydrotherapy Suite for recovery sessions, while the Rehab Gym and Human Performance Lab features equipment that can help injured players to rehabilitate to get back on the pitch as soon as possible.
Dr Bennett added: “In 2013 we will continue to make full use of St. George’s Park both with training camps but also with getting the players up for regular screening and fitness testing and when appropriate for rehabilitation.”
The Perform centre has also hosted the England Rugby League and England Rugby Union squads since opening in September 2012. The centre is open to all with physiotherapy, fitness and performance assessments available to the general public as well as keen amateur and professional athletes.