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    MDX Strength and Conditioning students put QPR fitness to the test

    07/05/2015
    Led by Senior Lecturer Anthony Turner and a team of Middlesex University strength and conditioning coaches, the students measured the players' speed, strength, agility and power, along with range of motion and body composition and reported the results back to them.

    Led by Senior Lecturer Anthony Turner and a team of Middlesex University strength and conditioning coaches, the students measured the players' speed, strength, agility and power, along with range of motion and body composition and reported the results back to them. 

    The training helped identify each player's fitness levels, strengths and areas to work on, allowing them to refocus their work during training and enabling them to give a stronger performance and avoid injury.

    Anthony explained: "This research and testing is essential to the players' developments, and by incorporating students into the learning process, they are able to learn in a live situation and contextualise their lecture notes."

    Sport and Exercise Science first year student Jess Huggins, who tested some of the players, said: "When we were at the stadium I felt right at home and in my element, like I was a professional sport and exercise scientist.  Being able to test real athletes was one of my ambitions for when I came to this university."

    Scott Daly, Queens Park Rangers' Under-21s Strength & Conditioning Coach, said: ""The information we collect is used to track any physical changes that occur throughout the season, as well as helping us to optimise individuals' programmes going forward.

    "Anthony and the rest of the staff and students are excellent in their support of the club and it's always a pleasure to work with them."

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