The Central Coast Mariners FC have partnered with Coast Sport who take on the physiotherapy requirements for the club's Foxtel National Youth League team. Central Coast Mariners are currently ranked 7th on the leader board and the team at Coast Sport are doing all they can to ensure they keep moving up the ladder.

The team at Coast Sport were involved with pre-season screenings for all academy players and are currently supporting the Mariners academy teams across all levels, providing seasonal coverage for boys, girls, men and women's academy. Michael Torbica, Coast Sport Physiotherapist, is "thrilled to be keeping our local elite football stars in tip top condition this season" Torbica said. "So far the team has had minimal injuries which has been fantastic and we hope to keep it that way as the season progresses".
Mick Torbica, Assistant Physiotherapist for Mariners FC shares insights from working with the teams:

"Unfortunately, results haven't been favourable for our A-league team so far this season. Despite results, team morale is high, and all the coaching staff and players have been really great to work with.
All the staff have worked tirelessly this season to ensure as many players are available for selection come game day, as possible. For me, it has been a fantastic experience working along side Murray Leyland (Head Physiotherapist) in the medical department, assisting him with player treatment and rehabilitation at training sessions and on match day, including travelling interstate for all away matches. It has also been very pleasing to see a few of our players from the youth system, make the transition into full time training with a league squad and achieving regular game time in the A-league. The year ahead looks very promising for our senior men's academy sides who compete in the NSW National Premier League 2 division, commencing the first weekend of March 2018.
I would also like to take this opportunity, to thank Head Coach, Paulo Okon for asking me to come on board this season and be a part of the A-league staff. Another special thanks to Coast Sport Physio directors, Brett Doring and Matt Cranney for making it possible to juggle A-league, Y-league and Clinic commitments."

A day in the life of a Mariners FC player:

  • Players arrive by 715am.
  • Physio treatment, with either Murray or Mick T, or have free time until the first part of training schedule commences around 7.45am.
  • Video session with the coaching staff before or after training.
  • Pre-activation session consisting of dynamic flexibility and muscle activation exercises run by the S&C coach, which usually runs for around 30 minutes.
  • Players put their GPS units and heart rate monitors in and proceed to the pitch for the on-field training session. The duration of training varies depending on the type of session, for example recovery or fitness focus, and can run anywhere from 45-90 minutes.
  • Goalkeepers break off and have their own specific training with the goalkeeping coach. During the session, any players returning from injury will complete a rehabilitation program directed by the head physiotherapist.
  • Gym session.
  • Team lunch.
  • Promo, further physio treatment or remedial massage.

Coast Sport educating players
Education is also a high priority for Coast Sport who are delivering a variety of educational workshops for academy players, parents and coaches covering all aspects of health and fitness to ensure optimal performance including sports nutrition, injury management and prevention and foot health.
"Ensuring our athletes and those around them are properly informed to keep them performing at the highest level is a priority for us," Director and Physiotherapist at Coast Sport, Brett Doring said.

Find out more about Central Coast Mariners FC here.

Find out more about the partnership with Coast Sport and Central Coast Mariners FC here.

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