Swansea City have brought in a team of scientists to help the players’ development in training.
The experts will use a number of tests and techniques in the training sessions to improve their performance. Martinez’s squad have been trained in ‘reactive agility’ in order to improve reaction times and the ability to change direction quickly.
Dr Kilduff explained this in depth to Wales Online:
| “Reactive agility is both psychological and physiological.|
“We aim to make players think faster while building up muscles used for tackling, shooting or ball control.”
“New practice involves small-sided games (two-a-side or three-a-side) because this involves all the players virtually all the time in things like passing, shooting, running in short bursts and tackling.
“The old ‘long run` is not necessary because it`s been found players can build up strength in shorter, more powerful runs.
“The typical soccer player spends most of the match in explosive bursts, not long runs.
“We have used the latest research and technology, which allows us to perform a complete performance diagnosis on individual players.
“That allows us to identify any weak links in the player`s performance chain.”
“There is no doubt from all the statistics available that players in the Championship cover more ground and work harder than those in League One.
“The stats also show Premiership players do even more and skill levels are higher too.
“It`s probably because playing against League One teams week in, week out, many of which are not as technologically advanced in a conditioning sense, means there is an overall lesser chance for players in that league to develop.”
“There is no doubt in my mind modern players are much fitter, much faster and much stronger than they were in previous eras, because of the level of thought which has gone into preparation.”
Club physio Richie Evans was delighted to see the club appoint Dr Kilduff:
|“As a club we are delighted to be able to establish a link with Dr Kilduff.|
“Not only is he always abreast of current developments in sports science and medicine, his research in applied sports physiology and strength and conditioning in elite athletes will hopefully help us stay ahead of our competitors in the Championship.
“Our relationship can only help improve our fitness levels and performance on the field of play. Their help, advice and fitness testing over the pre-season will prove invaluable as we move up to Championship level.”