Last season, Borussia Dortmund were held back by numerous injuries in the title fight with FC Bayern. This should no longer happen in the season that just started. That’s why the new sporting director Sebastian Kehl has hired a fitness guru who wants to keep the BVB stars in shape with all sorts of tricks and tricks.
Borussia Dortmund’s hopes in the 2022/23 season are not only pinned on new players, but also on a new addition to the coaching staff: head of athletics Shad Forsythe. The 49-year-old is a trained physiotherapist, has a master’s degree in biomechanics and movement theory and recently worked for Arsenal FC.
However, the 49-year-old knows German football very well, because Forsythe has also been working with the DFB team since 2006. In Dortmund, the “Head of Performance” must now ensure that muscle injuries that occur are reduced. have recently occurred frequently.
According to a report by “Sport Bild”, Forsythe uses a dynamometer, a measuring device that is held in the hand and measures the pressure that the respective player can exert. The stronger the grip, the better the health prognosis.
But the dynamometer is just one of many pillars and providers of data. Blood tests and monitoring of sleep and nutrition, which is done through questionnaires, are also important. Also, vulnerable muscle areas need to be trained in the weight room even more specifically than before.
BVB makes many measures and exercises mandatory
What is new is that while many measures and exercises were still optional in 2021/22, they have become mandatory since Forsythe’s entry. According to the report, this is not a problem for players. The 49-year-old American, who speaks fluent German, is apparently well received. Kehl also confirmed this to the trade magazine.
“His treatment with the boys is very good. He has a very positive, motivating, convincing treatment, enjoys a great reputation and also has a lot of experience in different areas and structures, ”the sports director is quoted.
All the new tips, tricks and data finally flow into the training work of coach Edin Terzic. He was now able to significantly reduce the intensity of training compared to his predecessor Marco Rose, especially in the English weeks, to allow for even more regeneration phases. According to the report, Forsythe’s guiding principle is: the more playing time, the less training time. All for the well-being of the bodies of the BVB stars.