Captain on why it is good to top up the fitness in the closed season
Luke Murphy says the modern day necessity to train through the summer is only beneficial to players once the pre-season kicks off. The Crewe Alexandra players have to complete 50% of sessions in the closed season before returning to full time training on June 25th.
After suffering with a groin injury towards the end of the last campaign, the club captain has been into the Reaseheath training complex to work closely with head physio Rob Sharp to improve the strength around the muscle.
Murphy, who won the club’s Player-of-the-Year award told Crewe Alex Player: “The days of having six weeks off doing nothing are gone now. You can’t do that because you would come back and really struggle.
“I think it is good that the club put sessions on to make sure you are able to come in twice a week and keep you ticking over. It is all very specific work, helping injury prevention and building your core rather than running up hills.
“It is all based around what we need to keep the fitness up and it is not like we are in every day. It isn’t like a prison camp and it is to make sure you are 100% ready for the pre-season.
“I’ve been in most of the time anyway, working with Rob to make sure the groin is right and I’m feeling right. I didn’t feel great in the last month or so of the season and I missed some games, which I was disappointed to do.
“The work is designed to make sure I am definitely right and fully fit for the pre-season.”