There is a report in The Athletic this morning detailing how Newcastle players are keeping fit during the coronavirus pandemic.
Each player has an individual workout plan tailored to their needs. They are also wearing a GPS watch, which measures heart rate and their daily exercise totals so the club can monitor their progress remotely.
Head of sports science Jamie Harley, head physiotherapist Derek Wright, and rehabilitation coach Cristian Fernandez are involved in analyzing the data and will make adjustments to each player’s routines when necessary.
Currently, the bulk of the squad remains on Tyneside though a few players have gone back to their native countries to be with family members.
Joelinton has returned to Brazil to be with his young son Neto while Fabian Schar is in Switzerland staying with his mother. Christian Atsu is in Ghana, where he is reportedly keeping fit by training on the beaches.
The club had set a date of March 30th for the players to return to the training. However, that will now be delayed due to the three-week lockdown imposed on Monday by the government.
So we’d expect the players to be training remotely at least until May. The report claims that players will be held accountable if they do not maintain a reasonable level of fitness. There could be fines imposed for weight gain or body fat percentage increases.
Injured players like Martin Dubravka and Paul Dummett are in contact with club physios while they continue their recoveries.
Allan Saint-Maximin is posting some of his activities on Twitter as he is keeping fit and having fun with his family.
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