Girls tune-up at new performance centre

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Football West’s National Training Centre Women’s team has had a close look at the new University of WA Exercise and Performance Centre in Nedlands.

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Perth Glory Women physiotherapist Nafyn Pattiaratchi led the U19 players through a recovery session at the recently opened EPC, which is available for use by all clubs.

Jessine Bonzas’ team were exposed to the very best recovery services after they opened their Bankwest Women’s State League Premier Division season with a 3-2 win over Melville City.

Pattiaratchi, who assisted Glory Women in last season’s march to the Westfield W-League Grand Final, said teams of all levels were increasingly aware of the importance of post-match sessions.

“We’re all familiar with the soreness that develops a day or two after games,” said Pattiaratchi, who has been involved in football physiotherapy for more than five years.

“Players in the NTC Women’s Program make use of pool recovery, ice compression therapy, electrotherapy and injury prevention “prehab” to reduce soreness, so they can prepare for the next week’s game.

“But regardless of whether a player is performing at elite or grassroots level, they can all benefit from doing the correct recovery after training and playing.”

Pattiaratchi said the launch of the PS4 National Premier Leagues WA competition last season had prompted senior men’s clubs to look at new avenues of gaining a competitive advantage.

“The NPL has seen an increase in the professional standards of football across Australia,” he said. “Everybody is striving to be that one step ahead of the competition and having the right environment to work in, before and after matches, can put a team ahead of the pack.”

The EPC is the home to an integrated exercise rehabilitation clinic that aims to improve clients’ physical functioning and health-related quality of life through physical activity.

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