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Fitness coach appointed

28 June 2013

David Tivey joins from Everton

Kevin Blackwell has appointed David Tivey as the clubs first full time fitness and conditioning coach, after former Everton skipper Phil Neville recommended his services to the club.


David will be responsible for all aspects of fitness training for the first team squad and joins the club with good experience after carrying out a similar role with Everton and the FA, looking after the England U20 squad.

Despite only arriving at the club this week, David is already in action with the current squad and the hosts of trialists arriving at Gigg Lane.

Speaking exclusively to Shakers Player on Thursday, David said of his appointment: ‘

‘The job is to keep the lads fit, to keep them on the pitch and to keep them well conditioned for football throughout the season.  Mainly to cut down on the number of injuries and to make sure they can cope with the physical side of the game on the field.

Injury prevention is a large part of what I do; it’s about managing the player’s loads throughout the weeks training.  I hold regular meetings with the manager and his staff and it’s about manipulating certain players that need extra work, or need to rest.  It’s managing their training load and their match load.

A big thing about cutting down injuries is how the lads recover, and you will start to see a lot of different strategies after games on how we help them recover.  It will involve nutrition and what they can eat, cutting down on inflammation by the introduction of ice baths as well as stretching and cooling them down.

It’s looking after them and it does get very scientific with many areas promoting a better recovery, there’s also a better adaptation with the new gym that is being built here at the ground.

I’ve got some experience.  My last year as a student was with the Everton Academy.  I spent six months with the youngsters and then moved onto help with the first team, then stayed with them for the following year dealing with developments squads (Under 9’s to 16’s).

Phil Neville recommended me for the job here which I am obviously thankful for.  I’m excited to get going, to get the season started.  Hopefully I can keep the lads well-conditioned and fit. Hopefully we will have a successful and a fit season.’

Welcome to the club David

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