Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott Gives Inspiration For Recovering Athletes

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One of the most exciting prospects in world soccer, Harvey Elliott, was flying high at the start of his club Liverpool’s season until a freak injury cut it short. As ESPN outlines, the English teenager suffered a multiple fracture and dislocated ankle following a clumsy challenge by Leeds player Pascal Struijk. In soccer, such an injury will typically keep a player out for months at a time, and sometimes the entire season. In Elliott’s case, however, the break has only been a matter of months, with first team training now beckoning for the wonderkid. This good feel story shows just how far sports science and injury treatment has come.

Everyday conditioning

Liverpool are well known for their sports science department, but their exact methods are well guarded from competition. Despite that, it’s reasonable to assume that the Premier League club uses the latest tools and methods available to the wider market. One important factor in Elliott’s recovery will have come from injury prevention. Targeting training and physio to the most likely areas of injury has been shown in one International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy study to reduce the chance of injury. Similarly, the use of therapeutic tools like recovery boots and muscle massagers can help prepare muscles for injury; both the standard post-match micro-injuries, and longer-term problems.

Advances in oxygen therapy

Another key area of improvement has been in oxygen therapy. This is nothing new to the world of sport, of course. Oxygen has always been known for its healing properties in sports science, and oxygen tents have long been used to help boost recovery. According to local Liverpool paper The Echo, however, the use of directed oxygen therapy will boost recovery even further. Elliott was pictured with a huge oxygen mask, not unlike a device you might see in hospital; it’s thought that the high-density delivery of oxygen helps ligaments and blood vessels to reconstruct further.

Understanding age

Perhaps more key of all is the understanding of age that was used in boosting Harvey Elliott’s recovery. Liverpool fan site This Is Anfield noted that the club had taken it relatively easy at first when it came to the injury. When a star player is injured, it can be easy to rush treatment as soon as possible. This has been linked to the degradation of the injury from a short to mid term issue, into a long-term issue. This was, allegedly, one of the reasons why Liverpool didn’t purchase Nabil Fekir from Lyon following a serious knee injury. Giving players the time they need helps, as does the age of the player; Elliott is only 18, and has not suffered serious injury before. His long-term ability to recover has, therefore, not been impaired.

Learning how important age is in injury recovery, and how new tools can be used to aid recovery, is crucial. Harvey Elliott has offered inspiration to other players suffering the trauma of serious injury – and modern sports science a way forward.

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