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Players preparing for pre-season

23 June 2017

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Nottingham Forest sports scientist Nathan Beardsley said it is important to prepare well ahead of pre-season as the first-team squad underwent screenings on their return after the summer.

The players returned to the Nigel Doughty Academy on Thursday and underwent tests across a wide variety of areas ahead of the 2017-18 season.

With fitness programmes to keep up with over the summer, the players found out if they had kept themselves in good shape during the break and Beardsley said it is important to lay a good foundation for the upcoming campaign.

He said: "We have had a lot of screenings going on so the guys have been going around different stations looking at different things. There are podiatrists, the doctors are in and Kurio have come in to fit the skins for the compression garments after the game.

"The sports science guys have been doing FMS (functional movement screening) to look at how the boys move to develop strength programmes alongside the physios to nail down injury prevention.

"We have gathered quite a lot of information but it is also important to get more, especially for the new signings, to get a measure of what they have been doing over the summer. Then the boys can hit the ground running and then we can build their strength, cardiovascular fitness and other do work that is right for the manager."

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