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Dons return for pre-season testing

Russell Martin's men back at Stadium MK ahead of next week's start of pre-season..

21 June 2021

The MK Dons squad were back at Stadium MK on Monday for pre-season testing and screening, ahead of their return to training next week.

Russell Martin's side will officially begin pre-season training next Monday but were back in the building this week to undergo various tests - including heart screening and concussion baseline assessments.

Adam Ross, who will begin a new role as Head of Rehabilitation from this season, told "It’s their first day back and it was great to see everybody - they are all looking really well.

"We've run them through a battery of screens and tests to see where they are at. It gives us some valuable information which we can use for their training prescriptions and going forward, should they get injured, we have some baseline scores that we can compare against during their rehabilitation.

“We do musculoskeletal screening which tests the players' range of movement in different joints and their strength. They’ve also done some anthropometrics which is measurements of the body - weights, heights and body fats.

“Heart screening is something we’ve always taken very seriously at this Club. The information we gain gives us a really good picture and hopefully tells us that they are in a good and healthy state to play professional football.

“Another part of the assessment is to take some concussion baseline assessments. It’s a number of tests and it gives us a score that, should they go into the concussion protocol, we know where they need to return to in order to return to play safely."

Watch the video above for a behind-the-scenes look at the pre-season testing at Stadium MK...

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