Dagenham & Redbridge first-team coach Dave Jupp explains how the Daggers players are maintaining their fitness levels with no access to gym equipment or group sessions.
Jupp tells the club website: “As football fans, you will have, in the current climate, heard a lot about players training in isolation and having individual programmes that they can work to at their homes.
So what is entailed in these plans and what sort of things are our players doing whilst not being able to train as normal?
The first thing we have to ensure is the players’ and the public’s health. So, all training must be done away from gyms and leisure centres, which somewhat limits what they can undertake.
All our players have been given a programme which closely replicates the training loads that they would be exposed to if they were in training as ‘normal’. They have to look after their family first, like everyone else, but we are still working as best as we can.
Our normal training schedule is based on a percentage of game loads for each individual day, and this varies on the day, depending on when the last game was, and when the next game is due – as well as any other work we need to do alongside this.
For each game and playing position there are stats such as total distance covered, then the breakdown of this distance, such as sprint speeds and distances. Then you have the amount of accelerations and decelerations, as well as high impact moves such as jumping etc. You will have all seen these on the TV stats that go with televised games.”