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Where Alan Pardew is getting it wrong on Newcastle injuries – Expert view

6 years ago

Before the Chelsea match, Alan Pardew brought up the subject of Newcastle injuries.

The Newcastle manager talked about both impact injuries and muscular injuries, stating that for the latter type, Newcastle are looking at the coaching and ‘…protecting them (the players) a little bit more.

This is what Alan Pardew said before Chelsea;

“The demands of the Premier League are such that I think training as you play is becoming a bit of a problem for Premier League teams.

“So we have toned down our training a little bit to try and keep away from muscular injuries.

“The impact injuries in the Premier League is probably going down because if you make a tackle you get a yellow card these days.

“But muscular injuries are a problem for every Premier League team and the demands are such that we have to keep addressing our coaching and we are doing that at the moment – protecting them a little bit more.”

We thought the comments were interesting considering United’s problems with injuries this season and spoke to industry specialist Ben Dinnery who is a freelance injury data analyst.

By that point we knew Fabricio Coloccini had been chosen to face Chelsea and were both a little surprised to say the least, but thought we’d keep this discussion until a time which was after the match rather than before.

Sure enough Alan Pardew said after the Chelsea win that his Captain was now likely to miss the next match at Arsenal.

This is Ben Dinnery’s take on Newcastle injuries and Alan Pardew’s handling of his players;

‘Pre-season training will form the cornerstone of the season in terms of fitness and there is a direct correlation between injury and those players who have missed out – its importance cannot be underestimated. Once the season has begun, sessions tend to be tailored [recovery / maintenance ETC] especially during busy fixture periods …… Every club will look to reduce intensity levels.

Regarding muscular injures …..

The biggest risk to any player is recurrence – once a player has suffered a muscular tear they become more susceptible, however there are some basic fundamental strategies for managing players to help minimise this ……. and Pardew has it all wrong – and I mean specifically Alan Pardew because ultimately the final decision is made by the manager. Examples this season include Papiss Cisse and Rolando Aarons — on both occasions Pardew went against medical advice – unsurprisingly, soon after the pair were sidelined again.

Roberto Martinez [a qualified physiotherapist] was quoted last year;

“If you get a soft-tissue injury in football, a mistake has been made.”

Mistakes have and are being made – fatigue is a major contributing factor – again evidence based research will tell players are more likely to be injured during the second half of a game. How can Pardew possibly justify his use of those players recovering from a significant problem – i.e. those over 14 days? Aarons had completed just one training session before Pardew “Felt he could do a job.”

The news that Fabricio Coloccini could miss out at the Emirates next weekend was expected – from a month out to thrown in at deep-end against an unbeaten Chelsea side ….. Players need a phased return with a gradual increase in activity to help the body adjust – cope with the demands – helping to reduce injury rates ………

Our training and recovery practises are light years away and our performance over the past four / five years is testament to that …..

Louis van Gaal recently stated that his players must prove their fitness ahead of a return to the first team – a minimum of two weeks with a specialist rehabilitation coach – game time with the development squad.

A kick around in training gets the thumbs up from Alan …. Unless these issues are addressed then Newcastle will continue to suffer and ultimately performances will be affected.’

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