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Millwall well positioned in FA injury audit

12 July 2015

Lions find themselves below average for the 2014/15 season

The Football Association have revealed the results of their latest injury audit for last season - and Millwall were yet again below the League average for total number of injuries during the 2014/15 Championship campaign.

Lions physio Bobby Bacic told "Regardless of what profession or trade you are involved in it is likely you will have a governing body that conducts audits. The medical department here at Millwall is no exception.

"The FA invited all Championship clubs to partake in their newly formed injury audit back in 2013 and we, as a club, were happy to submit all of our data, especially so as we have in fact been doing our own audit for the last seven seasons.

"In the inaugural audit we were below the average level for the Championship. Since then the reports have grown in detail and the one for 2014/15 was 20 pages long. I'm pleased to say that Millwall were once again comfortably below the League average for total amount of injuries over the course of the season.

""The average ratio of injuries in the Championship works out at approximately one per match and the percentage of contact injuries is just 20% compared to 80% non-contact. To help explain that, Carlos Edwards' knee injury is classed as non-contact as it was not the result of a direct tackle, but was instead sustained by racing for the ball with an opponent. Almost all hamstring injuries - the scourge of any club - are non-contact."

Bacic added: "I've previously been asked whether we suffer more injuries in training than the average. I'm pleased to say that we sit in the middle of the League for this and well within the parameters of the FA audit.

"Our ratio was 51 to 49 match to training related injuries, which has come down from the previous season when injuries suffered in training were greater than during games.

"The investment by the board in the GPS player load monitoring system has helped manage training loads but we should, however, also accept that players need to train at an intensity and in a competitive manner, so some injuries will occur.

"Going forward, the new season will present fresh challenges and the ones we are preparing ourselves for include increased travelling due to the large number of teams based in the north. As well, the fixture list will be more congested what with entering a new Cup competition and earlier Rounds of existing ones. Perhaps, though, the most important challenge will be making do without international breaks which have always been useful in giving us the time to do running repairs and to rest players who had small niggles.

"The aim to keep injury levels low remains a strong team effort. From the board, who invest heavily in new equipment, to coaches and medical staff, who meet daily to evaluate player loads, and to the players themselves, who need to act professionally when not at the training ground. On top of those, the catering staff source and cook the healthiest food for the players and the ground staff are always on hand to provide the pitches with extra water to soften them when necessary, such as when Carlos and Jamie Philpot started their outdoor rehab following knee operations recently.

"I would just like to finish by saying that the medical department remains open to questions via the club's media department and we will continue to take part in live question and answer sessions throughout 2015/16, just as we have done in previous seasons."

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