Blues NBL1 Strength & Conditioning Update
From an overall perspective coming into the bye week we are in good condition (inclusive of men and women).
Both teams put in a lot of work in the off season and with record of 7-6 and 5-8, we’ve seen some of the reward for effort starting to come through.
This season we have incorporated weekly S&C sessions into both Youth League and Seniors programs, combined with our partnership with Core 24 (which gives us access to altitude room, weights areas and recovery facilities) has given us every opportunity to be physically prepared as best possible.
Jason and I have been utilising a variety of methods to track workload and readiness, whilst Brendan and Alex at Peninsula Sports Medicine have done a fantastic job in providing physiotherapy treatments amongst the squad as needed.
We knew looking at our schedule in March that it would be a busy start to the year.
With a couple of mid week games early on (Easter Thursday and Anzac Day Eve) we had a run of 4 games in 15 days, and a few weeks later with back to back double-header weekends we would follow with 4 games In an 8 day stretch.
The players have been incredibly resilient and positive with the opportunities these blocks provided us with and the results showed accordingly, especially throughout “May Madness”.
To optimise our on-court performances we have been tracking some simple metrics that combine objective measures such as time on court, sleep and physical readiness, with subjective markers such as RPE and mood to give us an overall insight into our players health and readiness.
The balancing act and implementation of the data collected is as much an art as a science but the coaching staff and club as a whole have been very receptive of the integration of the S&C/sport science program as we feel it will give us a competitive edge down the stretch as we look to play in the post season.
Ultimately the credit should be given to the players, as to compete consistently at this level requires a significant investment of time in both physical preparation and on court sessions, and we have some of the hardest working athletes here that I’ve ever come across.
We haven’t missed any games through injury with our senior squads and I think that comes down to much more than luck.
We do have a couple of decent road trips coming up in the next few weeks following the bye and I know both teams will relish the challenge of taking our performances on the road.
What Frankston Blues are doing in the development of our players overall, is something at the forefront of this league and I can certainly see the club reaping the rewards in the future as our juniors and Youth League players make their way up through the ranks.
Jay Ellis – Frankston Blues Strength & Conditioning Coach