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IPL desk in Mumbai 24 March 2012 - 08:12pm IST

DD physio focuses on strength, mobility

Kirk Russell conducts screenings for the Daredevils before IPL 2012

The Delhi Daredevils are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for their maiden IPL trophy. With less than two weeks remaining for DLF IPL 2012 to kick off, the franchise’s physiotherapist Kirk Russell is busy screening the players for strength and mobility.

Russell was associated with the England cricket team for over a decade, helping players remain fit for more than 100 Tests and ODIs each. He said that the screening process helps build an optimal fitness plan for the players during and after the tournament.

"We will incorporate the findings of our screening, what I have measured and what yoga expert Jim [Harrington] has seen in a support programme that will first help the players get stronger and more mobile; and secondly, prevent injuries from occurring. Of course, while looking at the screening results, we also look at injury history,” he said.

Russell said this is the third time he’s conducting screening for the Daredevils.

"We did that before IPL 2011 and during the training camp in September last. We have a good database of where each individual should be and also where we want the squad to be. They are given targets to reach and programs to work on when they go away from here as well.”

Describing the efficacy of the process, the physio cited the example of Daredevils’ senior player Avishkar Salvi, who benefited from the training regime given to him by Russell.

"He has scored better with his trunk strength than last year. I sent him a training programme, which I used with the England players for a long time, and he said that it worked really well for him," he said.

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