Leyton Orient captain praises modern sports science in the wake of coronavirus disruption

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 9:56am

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Leyton Orient skipper and former Reading winger Jobi McAnuff has heralded the the clubs sports science and medical departments for allowing the players to complete fitness sessions with a certain degree of normality.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to both the Premier League and the EFL suspending the entire playing schedule until the first weekend of April at the absolute earliest, though as we learn more about the toll the virus is having that return date seems increasingly optimistic.

Whilst fans up and down the country are left pondering what to do with their Saturday afternoons, the players themselves now have plenty of time to fill.

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With the dramatic impact the outbreak has had on the travel industry, players can’t even jet off and treat this unplanned hiatus as some sort of lengthy winter break, with many clubs asking players to stay at home. 

Leyton Orient are a side that certainly can’t be accused of resting on their laurels; the club’s twitter account seized the opportunity this suspension of action has provided and challenged any and every other club to a FIFA tournament. 

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Speaking to the Leyton Orient fans show on Love Sport Radio, O’s skipper Jobi McAnuff shed some light on how the playing staff have not taken their foot off the gas when it comes to training, and how credit for that in large part goes to those working behind the scenes. 

“Yeah we're very fortunate with our sports science department and medical department, they're very much up to speed. So we've been given our daily activities, it's not a matter of everyone just sitting at home, twiddling their thumbs, which we wouldn't really want to do anyway of course.

“We can get to an area that's safe and not to exposed, you know we've got sessions that we've got to be getting on with.”

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McAnuff went on to discuss how modern technology is a huge benefit in times of crisis like this, so all statistics can be accessed by those who need them at the push of a button. 

“Again for us, we're not used to not doing anything at this time of year so it's actually quite nice to get out to a park and you know, do a bit of running or get out on the bikes or whatever. 

“We’re fortunate in this day and age that we've got all the apps now that you can send back the information so everybody's checking in and logging their activities. So the fitness coaches know we're not skiving and sitting at home and not doing absolutely anything so again, you know, all we can do is be as ready as we can be when things do get resolved whenever that is.”

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