Individualised programs might seem like the flavour of the month at Metricon Stadium at the moment.
SUNS players have been continually praising their introduction since the commencement of pre-season training in November, which coincided with the arrival of Elite Performance Director Justin Cordy and his new high performance team.
However the programs are far from a fad or short-term focus, they’re here to stay and should deliver vast improvements on field for the Gold Coast SUNS in 2016 - with results already evident.
“Obviously there’s different demands for players in the game and they all have different roles and responsibilities,” Cordy told SUNS TV.
“So what we’ve tried to do is reflect that in training. Obviously the older guys get a different program than some of the young kids that have just been drafted.
“We’ve had some great results with some of those individuals in the gym with Zane [Strength & Conditioning Coach Zane Leonard], some of the boys have put on four and five kilos whereas some of the other guys have been out on the road riding with Fergus [Sports Scientist Fergus O’Connor] or doing some running with Alex [Rehab Manager Alex Rigby].”
The motives behind the 2016 pre-season programs all circle back to the demands of the coaching staff as they look to formulate a successful game plan just two months out from the season opener.
“We’ve really tried to tailor the program around the basis of what is the game for that individual, what’s it look like, what’s the coaches demands and then how do we get the best out of the player from that perspective,” Cordy said.
“I think it’s been well received, I think each player feels like they’ve been getting the results that they want to help them play football so from that perspective I think it’s been really positive.”
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