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Skitt: Progressive and Steady Building for Huws and Bishop
Friday, 6th Jul 2018 16:54

New physio Chris Skitt says midfielders Emyr Huws and Teddy Bishop won’t be rushed back to action as they continue their comebacks from the injuries which ended their 2017/18 campaigns.

Skitt, 32, who is currently in Spain at the squad’s week-long training camp which runs until Sunday, joined the Blues at the end of last month from manager Paul Hurst’s former club Shrewsbury.

“They’ve obviously spent an extensive amount of time out and consequently they need quite a significant amount of input from the physio side,” he told iFollow Ipswich regarding Huws and Bishop, whose seasons were curtailed by knee and hamstring problems respectively.

“A lot of people don’t account for that sort of stuff [they’ve been doing] today being physio, but it really is.

“It’s about managing their load through statistics, making sure that they’re nice and progressive in what they’re doing, that they don’t have a shock to their body and therefore stress another part of their body or the same injury.

“It’s very much a progressive period for them, building their load nice and steadily each week and looking to see if we can get them some minutes near the end of pre-season ideally.

“A lot of that will be determined on how they do through the progressive loading period.”

He added: “We want to see them all season, getting them back on the pitch and keeping them on the pitch, it’s massively important. Quite simply they won’t be rushed. We’ll take our time with them.

“We’ll make sure that when they’re back, they’re back in to stay. The old adage I use is, would you rather them in for two weeks and back out for the rest of the season or would you rather them have two weeks out longer in the first instance but be back in for the rest of the season? That’s certainly the way we work and that’s what we’ll be doing going forward.”

The Blues had extensive injury problems throughout last season and Skitt says that situation is being assessed.

“It’s very much an issue of looking through maybe what went on last year to get the injuries,” he added.

“We’ve started doing that and a lot of them have been freak injuries, but also looking at elements of how we can improve what we do and looking at the things that we do and seeing if we can improve them.”

He continued: “Ultimately the sport science, the strength and conditioning, and fitness side does lend itself directly to physio because it makes them fitter, makes them stronger and makes them more robust and protects them a little bit more against injury.”

We understand Skitt will be in a role between new fitness coach Nathan Winder and the first-team physios already at the club - Matt Byard and Alex Chapman - a gap which the existing staff had previously identified and which new manager Hurst also felt needed to be filled.

Meanwhile, we understand owner Marcus Evans has given the green light for significant investment to be made on updating the gym at Playford Road at the request of the incoming staff.

Work on updating the facilities at the training ground is already under way with the last large scale overhaul having taken place during Town’s time in the Premier League more than 15 years ago.

Elsewhere, former Hearts loanee Manuel Milinkovic, 24, who was recently linked with the Blues and a number of other clubs, is reportedly set to join Hull City from Genoa.

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osborne added 17:16 - Jul 6
Good luck Chris Skitt. Sounds like you and Paul Hurst know what needs changing in your department. Seems like the previous regime weren't as clued up.
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wazza added 17:29 - Jul 6
Now I am no gym expert and was probably about the same time they re did the gyms I was last in one but I guess there will have been some major improvement available in that time
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MrTown added 18:41 - Jul 6
Sounds silly but I prefer hearing news reports on injuries from the physio, they are ultimately have the full knowledge behind the injuries , the severity and expected time out. Instead of it being replayed to the manager who then passes it on, I would much prefer updates on injuries from the horses mouth himself.
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Ipswichbusiness added 21:35 - Jul 6
I am no gym expert, but which of the below is the better use of money?
1) paying players who are injured,
2) paying transfer fees to replace them
3) spending money on gym equipment and sports science.

It seems to me that 3) is the no-brainer. Why haven't we spent money on the gym in 15 years? A strange sense of priorities.
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nysully added 23:41 - Jul 6
What about Tom Adeyemi?
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trncbluearmy added 06:42 - Jul 7
Have to say looking at footage of pre-season training it seems miles ahead of what ITFC use to do under Dino and co.

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jonnysuave added 08:16 - Jul 7
That old adage... not sure its done the rounds as much as Chris thinks.

Loving most of what is coming out of PR this summer.

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Swn98 added 10:04 - Jul 7
We’ve started doing that and a lot of them have been freak injuries,READ and digest Osborn FREAK injuries being the operative word.
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Radlett_blue added 11:19 - Jul 7
I am wondering if our training regime has been responsible for over-working some of our younger players like Nydam & Downes.
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bobble added 12:36 - Jul 7
i walked past a gym once..
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RoyalAscotBlue added 19:24 - Jul 7
Oi e oi, England are in Russia.
Oi e oi, drinking all the vodka.
Oi e oi, England going all the way ......
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runningout added 01:27 - Jul 10
Looks like Season of deyuvu with Huws and Bishop. Hope I’m wrong
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