Blues Women report back

Abbi Grant at Coventry University
Abbi Grant at Coventry University

Blues Women began their preparations for the new season today in earnest.

The squad was back for testing at Coventry University.

The Club has linked up with the University's Faculty of Health and Life Sciences to use the sport and exercise department's specialised sports science laboratories.

Students helped Club staff assess the players on a variety of state-of-the-art equipment.

Tests on an isokinetic dynamometer - which records strength of quads and hamstrings - a groin bar and Nordbord were included, as well a stint on a Watt Bike.

The squad, featuring new signings Abbi Grant, Brianna Visalli, Claudia Walker as well as Rachel Williams, fit again after a serious knee injury, finished off the session in a £25,000 BodPod, which measures body fat and composition through air displacement.

Holly Pickett, Blues Women Strength and Conditioning Coach, said: "These tests give us a really good idea of what programmes we need for the players, not only as a team but also individually, to really improve performance."

Pickett said the process was an on-going one during the season that allows Blues to ascertain what's needed and when, during various stages of the campaign, to keep players at their optimum levels.

The girls head to the Trillion Trophy Training Centre, Wast Hills, on Tuesday for further testing and to take to the pitches.

Blues Women open the 2019/20 Barclays WSL season at home to Everton on 8 September.