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No escaping the tests at AFC Bournemouth

7 Jul 2017
Bournemouth pre-season

See how Cherries' sports science department develops personalised pre-season programmes for each squad member

There is little time for AFC Bournemouth’s players to settle back in to life at the training ground after their holidays – their first tests come on the very first day of pre-season.

Eddie Howe’s men are immediately given a series of physical assessments before they begin to work with the ball again.

Watch the first day of AFC Bournemouth's pre-season

As the Cherries’ head of sports science Dan Hodges explains: “They go round a series of different stations.

“There’s a lot of medical stuff – screening, blood tests, and then it culminates in a physical test outside where we can look at endurance.

“It’s a big day for the medical and sports science teams. It’s a rigorous testing process."

Adam Smith pre-season
Adam Smith leads the way during an endurance test

See: Behind the scenes at AFC Bournemouth's first training session

(Photos courtesy of AFC Bournemouth/The Digital South)

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