MIGHTY MO LOOK TO CREATE EDGE WITH SPORTS SCIENTIST
Stuart MacFarlane joins the League Two outfit on a one year contract and will bring expertise across a range of services.
Manager Stewart Petrie explained, “It is really tough for our players to balance their day jobs with playing football in terms of proper preparation, diet and recovery. It is therefore vital we make the best use of the limited time we have with the boys at training and on a match day.
“Stuart comes highly recommended and I am really looking forward to working with him as we change a number of things that have been routine here for a long, long time.”
MacFarlane is currently Youth Academy Head of Sports Science at St Johnstone FC, a role he progressed into whilst completing his Masters in Strength and Conditioning Research at Edinburgh University. This followed his undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Stirling University.
Stuart will be responsible for, amongst other things, strength, conditioning and injury prevention programmes aimed at optimising performance and keeping players fit and healthy – something the Gable Endies boss would die for right now given his current injury list.
Monitoring the players physical and mental wellbeing will be undertaken using smartphone technology as well as the integration of sports science within technical and tactical sessions.
MacFarlane said, “I'm looking forward to working with the boys, this is a new challenge for me and my first experience of working within first team senior football. I'm hopeful the support I provide will have a positive impact and will help towards a successful season where we can challenge for promotion.”
Petrie added, “The league will be extremely tight again this year and we are just doing everything we can to give ourselves the best chance of success.”