Staff and students in the sports science department at Solent University are helping Southampton prepare for the new Premier League season

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Ronald Koeman’s Saints squad are hoping to take the Premier League by storm this season, with the help of Solent University.

Staff and students in the sports science department have been working alongside the club’s experts to analyse the players’ fitness, making sure they are in optimal condition for the new campaign.

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The series of tests included the dreaded VO2 Max, where players are pushed to their limit while wearing facemasks to monitor how much oxygen their bodies are using, and having blood samples taken during their treadmill run.

The information gathered is used to help generate individual fitness profiles for the whole squad and tailor their training.

Solent is the official university partner of Saints, working together to identify joint research projects in the areas of strength conditioning, exercise physiology and nutrition, while the club also offer student work placement and employment opportunities.

Professor Stewart Bruce-Low, head of sport and exercise science, said: “Staff and students enjoy using their skills and our BASES accredited laboratories and equipment to help analyse and assess professional athletes of this calibre.

“Managers, coaches and players now recognise the need to use sport science to obtain optimal individual performances and to increase the squad’s competitive edge.

“Undertaking work experience of this calibre gives our students the edge when it comes to starting their careers.

“Many of our graduates are already playing key roles at some of the top sporting clubs in the country.”

The university’s physiology laboratory has been recognised as one of the UK’s leading sport and exercise science facilities, joining an elite group that includes Manchester United Football Club.

It has been officially awarded accreditation by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), which is widely recognised as the leading UK professional body in sport and exercise sciences.

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11:45am Tue 15 Jul 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

It is a 2 WAY PROCESS - Ron Koeman has good ideas to make his mark in the PREMIERSHIP.

He should also listen to the PLAYERS that were there last season and talk about the previous regime - and the methods of Training.

Unles LES can deliver another No 1 GOALKEEPER - plenty of Points will not be gained in the forthcoming Season. COYR+WS
It is a 2 WAY PROCESS - Ron Koeman has good ideas to make his mark in the PREMIERSHIP. He should also listen to the PLAYERS that were there last season and talk about the previous regime - and the methods of Training. Unles LES can deliver another No 1 GOALKEEPER - plenty of Points will not be gained in the forthcoming Season. COYR+WS The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 0

11:57am Tue 15 Jul 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

Remember how to defeat the previous regime under MP.

Wet Spam did it effectively with balls over the Top - did not help that Lambert's legs were shot and instantly taken out of the game.

Looking forward to meeting in the CENTRAL and getting a result against the Spammers beginning of New Season. COYR+WS
Remember how to defeat the previous regime under MP. Wet Spam did it effectively with balls over the Top - did not help that Lambert's legs were shot and instantly taken out of the game. Looking forward to meeting in the CENTRAL and getting a result against the Spammers beginning of New Season. COYR+WS The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 2

12:04pm Tue 15 Jul 14

fritzer says...

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
It is a 2 WAY PROCESS - Ron Koeman has good ideas to make his mark in the PREMIERSHIP.

He should also listen to the PLAYERS that were there last season and talk about the previous regime - and the methods of Training.

Unles LES can deliver another No 1 GOALKEEPER - plenty of Points will not be gained in the forthcoming Season. COYR+WS
And as fast as you possibly can Ronny, it's your number one priority.
[quote][p][bold]The Rise of The Foot Soldier.[/bold] wrote: It is a 2 WAY PROCESS - Ron Koeman has good ideas to make his mark in the PREMIERSHIP. He should also listen to the PLAYERS that were there last season and talk about the previous regime - and the methods of Training. Unles LES can deliver another No 1 GOALKEEPER - plenty of Points will not be gained in the forthcoming Season. COYR+WS[/p][/quote]And as fast as you possibly can Ronny, it's your number one priority. fritzer
  • Score: 3

1:11pm Tue 15 Jul 14

The Mad Dog says...

All football fans pic.twitter.com/lvW9
ClMWXT
http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/66835
Please, all football fans get behind this campaign for money that has not been paid and is owed by the PL clubs to be ploughed into Grassroots football
All football fans pic.twitter.com/lvW9 ClMWXT http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/66835 Please, all football fans get behind this campaign for money that has not been paid and is owed by the PL clubs to be ploughed into Grassroots football The Mad Dog
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Tue 15 Jul 14

SouthLondonSaint says...

fritzer wrote:
The Rise of The Foot Soldier. wrote:
It is a 2 WAY PROCESS - Ron Koeman has good ideas to make his mark in the PREMIERSHIP.

He should also listen to the PLAYERS that were there last season and talk about the previous regime - and the methods of Training.

Unles LES can deliver another No 1 GOALKEEPER - plenty of Points will not be gained in the forthcoming Season. COYR+WS
And as fast as you possibly can Ronny, it's your number one priority.
Why are you guys hating on Boruc.... Kicking may be some what if an issues but as a goal keeper he's as good as any imo, remember that amazing save from Stevie G's free kick last season at anfield I think. Or both of the game saving saves he made against WBA? ? I really think a GK is not out number one problem....
[quote][p][bold]fritzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Rise of The Foot Soldier.[/bold] wrote: It is a 2 WAY PROCESS - Ron Koeman has good ideas to make his mark in the PREMIERSHIP. He should also listen to the PLAYERS that were there last season and talk about the previous regime - and the methods of Training. Unles LES can deliver another No 1 GOALKEEPER - plenty of Points will not be gained in the forthcoming Season. COYR+WS[/p][/quote]And as fast as you possibly can Ronny, it's your number one priority.[/p][/quote]Why are you guys hating on Boruc.... Kicking may be some what if an issues but as a goal keeper he's as good as any imo, remember that amazing save from Stevie G's free kick last season at anfield I think. Or both of the game saving saves he made against WBA? ? I really think a GK is not out number one problem.... SouthLondonSaint
  • Score: 4

5:28pm Tue 15 Jul 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

NO-ONE hates Artur - remember Palace AWAY - AB havin' a party ...

What the Squad needs is an additional Number 1 Keeper.

Whether the Number 1 's rotate - play in the Cup etc is up to the Gaffer.

CANNOT CONTINUE - with rabbit in the headlights Gazza and awfully slow to react Kelv any more ... respect for loyalty.

When ARTUR has a back injury or does not play - we LOSE POINTS and GAMES. COYR+WS
NO-ONE hates Artur - remember Palace AWAY - AB havin' a party ... What the Squad needs is an additional Number 1 Keeper. Whether the Number 1 's rotate - play in the Cup etc is up to the Gaffer. CANNOT CONTINUE - with rabbit in the headlights Gazza and awfully slow to react Kelv any more ... respect for loyalty. When ARTUR has a back injury or does not play - we LOSE POINTS and GAMES. COYR+WS The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
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