Tigers players go to new lengths to be fit for Friday

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Tigers players go to new lengths to be fit for Friday

Post by willow » Fri 21 Mar, 2014 9:47 am

Wests Tigers players have gone to extraordinary lengths to be fit enough for Friday’s clash

EXHAUSTED and dehydrated, Wests Tigers players have gone to extraordinary lengths this week just to run out for tonight’s clash against South Sydney after only four full days of recovery.

The Daily Telegraph can reveal how the club managed their roster after players had to endure scorching 42 degree temperatures in last Sunday’s away match to Gold Coast.

Players regularly provided urine sample to show hydration levels and used a hi-tech Kinetic Athlete app each morning to provide the club’s high performance team with sleep patterns, tightness, hydration, key injury areas, muscle soreness, protein, and even relationships.

When players arrived at Concord later in the day, their training program had already been mapped out using information from the app.

Wests Tigers player James Gavet lost 3kg in his 49 minutes against the Titans.

“On the field it was 40 degrees,” Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter said. “It was very draining and some players lost 3kg.

They boast the equal best defence in the competition after two rounds and South Sydney fully expect it to be tested by Wests Tigers this Friday night.

“We had to download training this week. We are up against one of the stronger teams (at ANZ Stadium) and preparation is the key.

“Practice has been very limited — it’s all about recovery.’’

It can be revealed players:

* Provided regular urine sample to determine hydration levels.

* Weighed in pre-match and post match to determine how much weight they had lost.

* Used a mobile phone app every morning to reveal levels of discomfort.

* Were told to stretch and have compulsory ice baths.

* Wore recovery garments

* Took magnesium supplements.

* Had a light gym work-out on Tuesday to activate key muscles.

* Had 45 minute massages.

* Did not train any longer than one hour.

* Drank water and electrolytes.

* Told to swim on days off.

“Any level of dehydration worries me because it has a role in soft tissue injury,” Wests Tigers head physio Peter Moussa said.

“You don’t want blokes doing hamstrings or quads.

“Players were weighed pre and post game. If a player lost 2-3kg then he is severely dehydrated.”

Luke Portese, the club’s head of strength and conditioning, kept a close watch on player weights.

“We tested them again 48 hours after the game later to see how much they had lost and whether their body was back to the weight it was before the game,” he said.

“It has been a massive job getting them back on the paddock.”

Potter said his side was monitored throughout the week.

“On days off we encouraged them to go for a swim,’’ he said.

“It was about rest and recovery and having stretches.”

Asked about Gavet, Potter said: “That is a big amount to lose. We want to leave nothing to chance and don’t just want to think they’ll be okay.

“They have been drinking water and electrolytes. We want to be more proactive than reactive and know where blokes should be.

“We are getting the right data. It is in front of us so it isn’t guess work. We know the facts.”

NRL head of football, Todd Greenberg, said he would take into account last week’s heat when compiling next year’s schedule.

“We had everything from a near cyclone to a heatwave during last weekend’s round so it is very hard to predict weather at this time of year,” Greenberg said. “There are already very few day games in the first three weeks of the competition but if we need to tweak the draw further next year we will do so.

“We will continue to work with the clubs and broadcasters to try to avoid weather issues next year … but as I say, it’s tough to predict.”

HOW WESTS TIGERS MADE IT ONTO THE FIELD FOR FRIDAY’S CLASH

SUNDAY: Weigh-in after 42 degree game. Urine samples given to detect hydration levels. Some players lose three kilograms. Ice baths, hydration, stretching. Wear recovery garments for flight home. Take magnessium supplements.

MONDAY: Day off. Injured players monitored and assessed through Kinetic Athlete App. Players administed amino acids. Told to drink water and electrolytes.

TUESDAY: Additional urine samples given. Light gym work out to activate key muscles. Ice baths, stretches, 45 minute massage.

WEDNESDAY: Rest day but told to stretch and swim.

THURSDAY: Stretches, 30 minute captain’s run at ANZ Stadium.

FRIDAY: Game Day


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Post by Spartan117 » Fri 21 Mar, 2014 10:29 am

This is an Incredible improvement and shows that the Club is well and truly embraced the latest in sports science and digital technologies to aid performance.

The Ice vests the Tigers wore on Sunday (Titans didn't) must have worked a treat.

Well Done Tigers

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Post by MacDougall » Fri 21 Mar, 2014 11:15 am

Pretty good read. Proves me wrong when I said that we would be okay from last week because we toweled them up and did no defense. Doesn't matter.

I would be inclined to straight up rest Gavet and anyone else that looks to be drainer from it and bring in Brown/BMM for a game. We wouldn't lose very much at all in doing so if say we gave Gavet and Ava the week off and brought those two in to replace.

Much depth.

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Post by Guest » Fri 21 Mar, 2014 11:35 am

MacDougall wrote:Pretty good read. Proves me wrong when I said that we would be okay from last week because we toweled them up and did no defense. Doesn't matter.

I would be inclined to straight up rest Gavet and anyone else that looks to be drainer from it and bring in Brown/BMM for a game. We wouldn't lose very much at all in doing so if say we gave Gavet and Ava the week off and brought those two in to replace.

Much depth.
Ava is out with an ankle injury. Corey Paterson comes onto the bench

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Post by tig_prmz » Fri 21 Mar, 2014 1:22 pm

GeeZe I know the titans have a longer turnaround but they defended twice as us

Hope the titans are ok too

3kg is a lot to lose. It took me a month to lose that much lol. I would rest gavet if possible and play BMM or brown

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Post by jirskyr » Fri 21 Mar, 2014 3:31 pm

You know what, the concept behind that article is solid - to address what teams do to recover from extreme match conditions and short turn-arounds.

But Telecrap cannot help but sensationalise it: "DT can reveal..." I mean giving players a rest and using a fitness app on your phone isn't rocket science, I would expect every club does the same type of thing.

Far from a scoop DT, stop trying to be the Women's Weekly of the sporting world!

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Post by Sabre » Fri 21 Mar, 2014 5:27 pm

jirskyr wrote:You know what, the concept behind that article is solid - to address what teams do to recover from extreme match conditions and short turn-arounds.

But Telecrap cannot help but sensationalise it: "DT can reveal..." I mean giving players a rest and using a fitness app on your phone isn't rocket science, I would expect every club does the same type of thing.

Far from a scoop DT, stop trying to be the Women's Weekly of the sporting world!
Calm down.
There's no need to lay the boot in at every opportunity.
I thought it was a pretty interesting article.

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Post by jirskyr » Fri 21 Mar, 2014 6:21 pm

Sabre wrote:
jirskyr wrote:You know what, the concept behind that article is solid - to address what teams do to recover from extreme match conditions and short turn-arounds.

But Telecrap cannot help but sensationalise it: "DT can reveal..." I mean giving players a rest and using a fitness app on your phone isn't rocket science, I would expect every club does the same type of thing.

Far from a scoop DT, stop trying to be the Women's Weekly of the sporting world!
Calm down.
There's no need to lay the boot in at every opportunity.
I thought it was a pretty interesting article.
Nope, sorry, DT raises my hackles.

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Post by Love the WestsTigers » Fri 21 Mar, 2014 6:26 pm

I knew this friday will be twice as tough after last sunday
The heat and then playing a top tier team that have been relentless the couple of years.

As long as everyone puts in their 100% tonight thats all we could ask for really

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Post by turnstyle » Fri 21 Mar, 2014 6:31 pm

why havent the tigers been using this app since the 80s?! sheesh....

seriously though, "it is very hard to predict weather at this time of year"?! hmmm, let me see.... gold coast, early march... lets play at 2pm!!!
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Post by innsaneink » Sat 22 Mar, 2014 11:49 am

Pull your finger out Mayer, get cracking....no idea....

Magnesium good for cramping I believe...didnt see any cramps last night, they were powering still from 70:00 to 80:00

Well done training staff

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Post by Guest » Sat 22 Mar, 2014 1:04 pm

Anonymous wrote:
MacDougall wrote:Pretty good read. Proves me wrong when I said that we would be okay from last week because we toweled them up and did no defense. Doesn't matter.

I would be inclined to straight up rest Gavet and anyone else that looks to be drainer from it and bring in Brown/BMM for a game. We wouldn't lose very much at all in doing so if say we gave Gavet and Ava the week off and brought those two in to replace.

Much depth.
Ava is out with an ankle injury. Corey Paterson comes onto the bench

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Post by 2041 » Sat 22 Mar, 2014 1:33 pm

jirskyr wrote:You know what, the concept behind that article is solid - to address what teams do to recover from extreme match conditions and short turn-arounds.

But Telecrap cannot help but sensationalise it: "DT can reveal..." I mean giving players a rest and using a fitness app on your phone isn't rocket science, I would expect every club does the same type of thing.

Far from a scoop DT, stop trying to be the Women's Weekly of the sporting world!
They're just building it up because they missed the scoop on the recovery programme used by the Sharks...

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