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.
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."
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