Updated: April 30, 2020 7:49:35 pm
Rahul Dravid, head of cricket on the National Cricket Academy (NCA), is ensuring that the youthful crop of gamers are targeted on their coaching and don’t compromise on health as they continue to be confined to their houses amid the lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Speaking about how the NCA has devised programmes for India’s under-19 and ‘A’ groups Dravid, in an interview with TOI, stated: “Our strength and conditioning experts (S&Cs) and physios are in constant touch with them, monitoring players’ programmes and loads. Since some cricketers are recuperating from injuries, they require a different level of attention. Even with the training programmes, it isn’t quite possible for all the guys to go for a run.”
“Some have access to gyms but most don’t, so the coaches have had to become creative and provide the athletes the best possible solution, keeping in mind that the players need to at least maintain current strength and conditioning levels, if not become better.”
On how the health is being monitored, Dravid defined: “Metrics that we use in a normal situation include weights lifted, distance run, and exertion levels. These get uploaded on our Athlete Management System (AMS), which we use to track all the athletes.”
The 47-year-old additionally spoke about plans for the subsequent season and noticed that will probably be greatest to attend and watch.
“All our camps for the summer, which is a busy time for NCA, have had to be put on hold. The monsoon seasonn will add to the challenges.”
“We do have a few contingency plans in place. Safety is the priority for everyone right now. Once things become clearer, we will be able to react. I guess that’s true of all sport in the world.”
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