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Ollie recovering well

Somerset bowler Ollie Sale is well on the road to recovery following double shoulder surgery.

We sat down with the 25-year-old, who was Somerset’s leading wicket taker in last year’s Vitality Blast, to see how he is getting along.

“Both operations went really well,” he said. “Now I’m just trying to get the mobility back and build up some of the strength. I’ve been working really hard with Joel Tratt (SCCC Head of Strength & Conditioning) and Jamie Thorpe (SCCC Head of Science & Medicine) and things are going really well.

“I had a catch up with the surgeon recently and I showed him everything that I’ve been working on, and he was pleasantly surprised with how well things are progressing. That was really positive, but obviously there is still a long way to go.

“I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Everything so far has been really positive, and I’ve been doing everything that I can to be fit for cricket this year. That wasn’t realistically an option when I was told about the surgery, but I know that I can’t rush back. Getting your range and strength back is one thing but being fit to bowl in the intensity of a game is a different story.”

What rehab work has Ollie been undertaking?

“We’ve been gradually increasing what we can do with each session,” he explained. “We’re doing some bodyweight stuff and essentially using gravity to help get the range back. We’re now starting to build weights into that as well as some resistance work to help build the muscle back up. If nothing else, it’s an excuse to do just upper body work in the gym, which is what all the lads want to do!

“Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we’ll start talking about doing some skills work and integrating that back in. That will be low level but the more we do now, the less we will need to do later on.”

How frustrating has it been watching the team performing so well this season?

“No professional sportsman wants to be sat on the sidelines. Seeing the lads do so well has been motivating me to really kick on with my rehab. I’m focusing 100% of my energy on that.

“The lads have been really supportive, and I just can’t wait to get back out there playing with them.”

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