NAIROBI, Kenya- Visiting Hull City FC medical staff trained their counterparts from various domestic leagues on Tuesday as part of activities that marked the maiden Tigers tour to Kenya at a Nairobi hotel.
Led by the English Football League Championships side Team Doctor, Mark Weller, the Hull medical team imparted knowledge to club physiotherapists drawn from the top tier SportPesa Premier League (SPL) and the FKF Women Premier League.
Others were drawn from the second and third divisions of men’s club football the FKF National Super League and FKF Division One in that order.
The training focused on explaining various football related injuries, treatment regimens that help in quick recovery as well as work-out exercises that elite footballers should undertake to mitigate on any injury re-occurrence.
“When examining the extent of a knee injury, I like to engage the players before hand to find out if they heard a pop sound before getting injured,” Dr Waller (MB, CHB) explained in reference to one of the most common injuries suffered by players.
“That way I can tell extent of damaged on the cruciate knee ligament, which is the most affected part of the knee,” he added.
Rob Price (Head of Medicine and Performance), Ruben Crespo (Head of Fitness) and Matt Busby (Head Strength and Conditioning) were the other Tigers medical personnel who formed the team of facilitators at the training.
“The approach we use focuses on building upper and lower body strength, power and core stability of the professional players,” Busby who is named after the revered former English giants, Manchester United FC, former manager, Sir Matt Busby underscored.
“It was a good and educative training gathering. The practical aspect especially was very important for this part of Africa where we do not have the luxury of MRI or X-ray scans to find out the extensiveness of some injuries,” Dr Wycliffe Makanga who is a member of the Football Kenya Federation Medical Commission hailed.
Hull played SPL champions Gor Mahia FC at Moi Sports International Stadium on Sunday, winning 4-3 on post-match penalties after the international friendly clash ended 0-0 in regulation time in the highlight of their visit.
Other members of the team including head coach Nigel Adkins divided their attention to community projects in the Nairobi estates of Kibera and Kawangware where they distributed equipment to teams under the Kits for Africa initiative besides conducting coaching clinics.
The Tigers will depart for their summer break on Wednesday before returning for preseason training for the 2018/19 Championship season where they will be bidding to return to the English Premier League having been relegated from the top flight last year.
-Report by Martin Njuguna for SportPesa News