Both Craig Overton and George Bartlett have been recovering from injury over the course of the winter.
The two players are now back in training, and Head of Science & Medicine, Jamie Thorpe is delighted by the progress that they are both making.
“Craig’s doing really well,” he said. “Originally, we were looking at getting him ready in time for the England Lions current tour, but following discussions between ourselves, Craig and the ECB it was felt that it would be far more beneficial for him to stay with us and set his sights on being ready for the start of the 2019 domestic season. It was agreed that this was the best way forward to ensuring that Craig has the best summer that he can from a physical fitness perspective.
“Craig’s been working to the rehab programme that we’ve set out for him, but with back injuries you always need to make sure that any work you do progresses slowly and that there aren’t any major increases in the workload in a short period of time. That’s because once the season’s underway, the sport puts considerably more demand on the body than training does. Therefore, the foundations of strength and mobility have to be in place before you can introduce skills and bowling.”
“It’s difficult to put a timescale on injuries like this but Craig has been working with Jason Kerr and has been bowling a bit as well. We’ve come up with a plan which has really allowed him to find his feet over the last month or so. He’s been working on some technical elements with Jason and we’re now starting to build up the intensity. The plan is that he will be fully ready to go in Abu Dhabi.
“The key for us is making sure that all the bowlers have enough overs under their belts when it comes to that first Championship match against Kent to ensure that they’re ready to tolerate the demands of a competitive First Class match.
“George is also doing really well. He recently had a follow-up session with the consultant, who was extremely happy with how George is progressing. He’s retuned to batting now and, similarly to how we’ve dealt with Craig, his rehab has been carried out slowly in order to make sure that we are always improving his strength and range without over-working him.
“Again, his programme has been structured and tailored to suit his requirements so that he will be able to cope with the demands that the game will place on his shoulder. He is certainly reaping the rewards of that at present.”
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