Wolves’ Medical Department have been busy since the squad returned for pre-season working on the testing process and also helping players come through the rigorous fitness programmes designed to get them in the best, possible shape.
But they were also kept on their toes during a close-season period in which several players were in for treatment and rehabilitation, in particular the likes of Wayne Hennessey, Carl Ikeme, David Davis and Dave Edwards.
And several members of staff also took the opportunity to continue to hone their own skills and development, with Head of the Medical Department Phil Hayward accepting an invitation to speak at a prestigious sports medicine conference in Boston, Massachusetts.
The subject area was the athletic hip and groin, with Hayward delivering a speech to 200 delegates comprised of sports medicine physicians and physiotherapists from across the globe.
He delivered a 75 minute lecture based on the evidence behind treating conditions of the hip and groin area, something he has had high profile experience of in the last couple of years.
“The hip and groin is an area that I have always been very interested in as it is a very complex area with many structures that can cause pain and is particularly troublesome for footballers,” says Hayward.
“In recent years we have had the fairly complex case of Jamie O’Hara who we had a really difficult time with in trying to get to the root cause of his complaint.
“The beauty of sports medicine is that it is an ever evolving field with research constantly on-going in order to improve working practices both from a diagnostic and treatment standpoint.
“When you come across a problematic case it leads you to delve into the literature very deeply and allows you to really hone your expertise on some very specific areas that you may not have previously considered.
“I have spent many hours studying in recent years in order to ensure that our players get the very best care possible and it is encouraging to be asked by peers as far away as the USA to share that knowledge and hopefully to be able to contribute to the development of the profession.”