Briers Road to Recovery
Warrington Wolves' halfback Lee Briers makes a return to the 19-man squad this week after 12 weeks on the sidelines through injury and last week's run out in the Championship for partner club Swinton Lions.
Lee, 34, sustained a neck injury in the draw against Wigan Warriors back in round two. Due to the nature of his injury Lee was limited with regard to his training options and initiated an additional element to his schedule.
In association with Starley Bikes of Altrincham, Lee acquired a high quality road bike, cycling to and from training completing up to 40km a day, working in additional distance challenges throughout the week.
Lee has used his time away from playing in a positive way studying the games and the way we've played as well as other teams performances alongside coaching the u19s Academy.
Head of strength and conditioning Chris Baron explained how players can often get caught up in a long-term injury and the use of a road bike in this way can challenge a player both mentally as well as physically with both of equal importance.
Chris said: "This was initially player driven by Lee himself but Ben (Stirling) and I worked the use of the road bike and Watt Bikes into his recovery programme allowing more off-the-feet training. The majority of his cardio work has been done using the bikes alongside weight sessions, and this has enabled him to maintain a high level of conditioning which will see his return to the contact of a game being less of a shock to the system."
Tetley's Challenge Cup: Warrington Wolves v Salford City Reds, Sunday 12th May, 3pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium. Tickets on sale in WolfWare (until 5pm tomorrow) and on 08448 11 11 76 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). The ticket office windows for purchasing and collection will open from 12pm on Sunday, with turnstiles open from 1.30pm. Please be aware prices go up on match day and all junior season ticket swaps need to be completed by 5pm tomorrow as no exchanges can be made on match day.
10, May, 2013