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Pre-season preparations get underway

30 June 2015

Nigel Adkins and his coaching staff have welcomed the playing squad back to pre-season training this week, with the first two days being spent at Sheffield Hallam University.

The players have been put through their paces, with sports science staff at the university working closely with the United management and staff to assess aspects such as body composition and how much oxygen each individual takes in when running to maximum effort.

And the Blades boss hopes this is just the start of the working relationship with Sheffield Hallam, as he feels both organisations can benefit from each other in the future.

Adkins remarked: "Starting our pre-season schedule at a local university is something we have done at previous clubs, so it has been nice to be able to use the facilities up at Hallam.

"We have got an association with the university now and have also got a sound base and idea of exactly where all the players are in terms of fitness. We have always been keen to utilise the sports science side of things and thankfully we have been fortunate enough to do so again here."

Following on from spending two days in the heart of the city, the Gaffer and his staff will now work with the players outside, but they will be spending time away from the Shirecliffe training base for the remainder of the week.

On Wednesday, the United contingent will head away together to continue their fitness work, whilst also getting out onto the grass where ball work will also be incorporated.

Concluding his initial thoughts, Adkins added: "We use the GPS systems in training so we are keen to see where the lads are, which gives us a good idea of where to start them off when we hit the grass.

"We will implement our training programmes and also retest all the players again. There is a lot of science behind our preparations as we have found these things beneficial in the past.

"We hope to be able to strengthen our relationship with Sheffield Hallam, it is on our doorstep and Sheffield United can certainly benefit from the facilities, but it is a two-way thing because there are students from throughout the UK and beyond that study within the city."

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