Barnsley FC Women Sports Scientist Nick Botten spoke to iFollow Barnsley to provide an update on the season so far.
Since becoming part of Barnsley FC back in the summer, the Women's Team have received sports science and conditioning.
The changes saw adjustments to the players' weekly schedules with the intention of improving physical performance in our opening season in the North East Regional Women's Football League. Our sports scientist is proud of how the team have approached the intensity of training and their mentality.
"It's been going really well to be fair," he began. "They've been buying in to the gym programmes, they've bought into all the extra running and conditioning they've had to do. We spent a lot of time planning it carefully around training schedules and ensure that we're not injurying the girls or doing too much and damaging them. We're continously trying to build their fitness levels and it's really showing through. I can't fault the girls with their commitment and their effort. The feedback that they're giving us as well is brilliant."
Speaking last time out, Botten described the work the squad were undertaking during pre-season to prepare for the upcoming campaign starting in September.
Now seven games into the league, the data of each individual player - tracked by cutting edge technology in-game - is starting to improve on measurable metrics.
"We're really starting to see the girls' fitness come along in games - lasting the full ninety minutes and still being strong towards the end of games. It's really showing across the data we're getting as well. Total distances have gone up, sprint distances have gone up, max speed is going up - it's all going in a positive trend which is good to see."
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