Owen and Others Need Long-Term Rehabilitation Programs

Sam Allardyce revealed yesterday that Michael Owen will need to work on rehabilitation for the rest of his career if he is to avoid further injury.

Owen is following a daily stretching regime as he continues his come-back from reconstructive knee surgery carried out last year by top knee surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman at his Vail, Colorado clinic.

Michael is apparently following a high-level rehabilitation program put together by John Green, the former West Ham United physiotherapist and the program is designed to increase Michael’s core strength and prevent further injury.

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Michael Owen – on constant rehabilitation program to prevent further injuries

As we know Owen was plagued with hamstring problems at the start of his Liverpool career and had four operations on his left knee and right foot (metatarsal) last year.

This is what Newcastle manager said about Michael Owen’s rehabilitation yesterday:

“Michael has worked really hard, but he’s still got a lot of hard work to do in rehab,” “He will have to do rehab for the rest of his life, over and above the day-to-day training, and he can’t ignore it otherwise he is going to put himself into an injury position again.”

“He has to be dedicated on his own to do that rehab and look after himself, which I think he is doing.”

“Hopefully we will all reap the benefits from that by him getting quicker and quicker, sharper and sharper.”

We think this is good and more programs like this need to be introduced for players who seem to be habitually injured.

For example, at Newcastle Mark Viduka and Stephen Carr are two players who have habitual hamstring problems and both are currently unavailable because of a recurrance of this injury.  Hopefully Sam Allardyce and his resourceful medical staff have already designed programs for them tp limit these injuries in the future.

Certainly whatever investment is needed to do this will be paid back a hundred fold if the players are able to continue playing with minimal injuries. We think Sam and his ideas are at the forefront of this new revolution in injury prevention and most teams will be following Sam’s lead in the next few years.

Certainly Newcastle could have done with some of these programs over the last 3 seasons when our injury record has been appalling – and we’ve never fully believed it was down to just bad luck.

Comments very welcome.