Dr John Allen, arguably the most experienced and senior physiotherapist in athletics in the UK, is again the medical / therapy lead, with this year excellent backup from Mark Stanton MSc, whose qualifications in sports science, strength and conditioning and soft tissue therapy provide athlete support second to none.
|Dr John Allen chats with Trackspeed1-UK athletes between training sessions|
"It's not that we've had sack loads of injury issues already," explained John, "but we have a great set-up this year with discussion forums on various aspects of training led by John and Mark, while in-session advice is given by Mark in the gym, with John screening every athlete for any issues they need to be aware of.
"I doubt many squads have such quality, not-to-mention comprehensive support at a pre-season training camp other than the British team themselves. It's a real privilege to have people like John and Mark on board for a 5-week camp.
"What is also a major contributor too of course, is the excellent facilities offered at the National Training Center in Clermont. We've been going there for many years now, and it's small wonder that several world class American athletes base themselves there."
|John Powell chats with some of the Trackspeed1-UK athletes in Flroida|
|Oweka Wanogho and Chaka Maillet go head to head in a training rep'|
at Clermont as their coach looks on.
"The Gainesville meet is far from a big deal for us," John continued, "but it's a great opportunity for people to get an idea of where they're at a few weeks before the season proper kicks in."
The first major meeting for the principle athletes in the squad on home ground will be the annual Loughborough University international on May 22nd.
|Oweka Wanogho in action during training in Clermont|