PFA Report: Mariners medical team pivotal to Premiership

Central Coast Mariners may have finished the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League regular campaign on top of the table, but according to a new report Graham Arnold’s side also suffered the fewest number of injuries throughout the season.

Central Coast Mariners may have finished the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League regular campaign on top of the table, but according to a new report Graham Arnold-s side also suffered the fewest number of injuries throughout the season.

The Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) 2011/12 PFA A-League Injury report released recently shows a significant fall in the number of injuries and the number matches missed as a result of injury throughout the competition year on year.

According to PFA Chief Executive, Brendan Schwab, the standout for the 2011/12 season was Central Coast.

“The Central Coast Mariners who were A-League Premiers in the 2011/12 season suffered both the fewest number of players injured, and also had the fewest number of weeks lost to injury,” Schwab said.

“This was the fourth occasion in seven seasons that the A-League Premiers were also ranked as having the best injury record. It demonstrates that good injury management practices lead to success on the field.”

Former Mariners player and now Head of Sport Science, Andrew Clark, leads Central Coast-s medical unit.

Ably assisted by a committed, knowledgeable and experienced team of local backroom staff, Clark believes the programs the Club has put in place have it well positioned for future success.

“The physios, doctors and other medical professionals the Club engages with are of the highest calibre and ought to be recognised for the fantastic and thorough work that they have done in helping keep our players fit and healthy,” Clark said.

“We will be implementing a similar, if not even more comprehensive, injury prevention program for the 2012/13 Hyundai A-League season, as well as our 2013 AFC Champions League adventure," he concluded.