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Millwall receive medical award nomination

11 May 2016

Lions shortlisted alongside two other League One clubs

Millwall have been nominated for the medical and science staff League One team award at the Football Medical Association (FMA) conference 2016.

The FMA is the unified representative body for all medical and health practitioners working within professional football, and The Lions have been shortlisted alongside Burton Albion and Barnsley for the prestigious award.

"It is great recognition for the club's work," physio Bobby Bacic told millwallfc.co.uk

"Clubs from across the Premier League and Football League are nominated based on the opinion of industry experts and our own peers, which makes it extra special.

"It's the second time that we have been nominated in recent years and you have to give credit to both Burton Albion and Barnsley, who have done a terrific job during this and previous seasons.

"We've been amongst the best for our low average number of injuries as well as the time it takes for injured players to return in all recent FA Audits, but this award nomination is a positive indication that the club's work is being recognised by others in the industry."

Neil Harris has been able to field consistent starting line-ups so far this season and has praised the medical department throughout the campaign for their role in that.

"There has been more operations compared to last year but this season we've had a big decrease in soft tissue injuries," Bacic added.

"That was one of our goals last summer and it's been a team effort. You always have to appreciate the players but the prevention process begins as soon as they arrive at the training ground, starting with the food which is prepared and cooked for them, the prehab sessions that are set up and then, importantly, the training schedule from the manager and coaching staff, which is always extremely precise. Then you have to praise the ground staff for the way they have maintained such high quality pitches throughout the year.

"All that together helps to ensure the players are in as good a shape as they can be. We have an integrated approach here, with good communication from the top down, and that is crucial."

Bacic has also revealed how a surgeon has asked Millwall to devise a protocol for post knee injury rehabilitation.

"That is a big honour for us," he continued.

"It is one of the top sports surgeons around who has invited us to produce the programme, which is something we are very much looking forward to."

The physio has reserved special praise for Millwall's board, who have once again gone above and beyond to support his department this season.

He added: "The backing we've received has been brilliant and that has really helped us and the players.

"Their investment in our GPS system, which allows us to identify and monitor all sorts of important date and information, has been pivotal.

"No matter the player or circumstance, the board have fully supported us which we are very grateful for."

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