Nottingham Forest’s head of sports science Ross Burbeary says it’s a ‘very exciting time’ to be working for the club.Burbeary was speaking alongside fellow sports scientist Nathan Beardsley as Forest Player continued their focus on the behind the scenes activity at the Nigel Doughty Academy during the international break.
The pair, helped by several other members of staff, this week put the players through a number of rigorous speed, strength and endurance tests, collecting data which will help them manage each player’s training schedule when the season kicks back into action.
And Burbeary is thrilled with the way the club have embraced the practices his department wish to implement.
He said: “I think it’s a fantastic time to be at Forest.
“The amount of progression the club has had in the last two or three years with regards to facilities, staffing and technology shows sports science isn’t only ballooning within the industry but ballooning within the club.
“It’s a very exciting time.”
The impact a sports science team can have on a football club often depends on the manager’s willingness to take their ideas and advice on board.
And Beardsley is thrilled to say that, in Stuart Pearce, he and the rest of the team are working with someone who is always open to their suggestions.
He said: “The gaffer’s brilliant – he takes on board everything we throw at him.
“You can approach him about anything, for example if we need to pull someone out or give someone a little bit more.
“He always asks why, so you’ve got to have your answers ready, but he’s fantastic with that side of things.”
Click here to see the pair put the players through their paces on Forest Player.