Jack well on the road to recovery

Jack Brooks is continuing his rehabilitation following operations on his achilles tendons during the winter.

We caught up with the Headband Warrior this week to find out how he is getting along.

“I’m progressing really well,” he said. “It’s been a lot of hard work and the rehab is going well. I’m spending a lot of time with our Head of Science & Medicine and our Strength & Conditioning Coach. I’ve enjoyed coming into the Ground every day even though I haven’t done anything cricket related in a while. This stage is about getting my body right. The fact that I’m seeing progress every week is very positive.

“I won’t be fully happy until I’m fit enough to play cricket and that is obviously the end goal. I have to make sure that I bounce back from this fully and I’m currently hitting my markers. I’m feeling very positive and I’m getting stronger week by week. I’m not going to get too ahead of myself but I’m going to take my little victories each week.”

What does a typical day look like for Jack at the moment?

“I’m in the gym at 8:30 most days,” he explained. “I’m doing a lot of calf rehab and a lot of loading. Those sessions are pretty hard on my legs and my calf muscles, but I can feel them getting stronger, and the achilles will naturally get stronger off the back of that. I also do a couple of heavy lifting sessions each week plus three or four cardio sessions. I’m basically living on the Wattbike at the moment because I’m not back running until next week. I’ve also been doing a little bit of boxing to help me get moving on my feet. Hopefully, I’ll be back bowling in a few weeks.

“There’s still a bit of pain in the achilles area, but that’s only natural because it was such a big procedure. It feels pretty good at the moment and it’s nice to be able to walk rather than hobble. My main aim at the minute is to make sure that I’m fit enough to play. Knowing that I’m properly fit and pain free will have a knock-on effect when it comes to my confidence and my performance. Hopefully, then I can then do myself justice and help the team out a lot more.”

What is the atmosphere like at the Cooper Associates County Ground at the moment?

“The environment here is brilliant,” said Jack. “It’s such a positive place and everyone is really pushing each other. Everyone is working really hard and it’s great that the majority of the squad are here all together. I’m one of the oldest in the squad and these younger guys are helping me stay young by inspiring me to work that little bit harder.”

What does Jack think that the squad can achieve this summer?

“We want to challenge ourselves to win all three trophies. We definitely have a squad that can compete on three fronts. We’ve come very close to winning the Championship in the last two years and we should be in or around there again this year. We won’t be getting ahead of ourselves though and we have to be right on the money from game one against Middlesex at Lord’s. Hopefully, we can also get crowds in at some point this summer because we are really missing the Members and supporters.”


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