England rugby stars could lose THREE stone in muscle during coronavirus lockdown, reveals top physio – The Sun
ENGLAND stars could lose up to THREE stone in muscle and will take a month before they can play, claims a top physio.
Medic Luke Anthony worked at Gloucester and was head of sports science for Brian McDermott’s Reading in the Premier League.
He would spend up to 12 weeks of the off-season at Kingsholm re-building players for the gruelling season.
England’s stars and most of the Premiership are now seven weeks without a game due to Covid-19.
And Anthony warned: “Guys will lose weight.
“Forwards who are between 100 to 120kg will lose between ten to 20kg of muscle mass.
“These guys are freakishly big and it takes a lot of work, from a training and nutritional point of view, to maintain it.
“As soon as you drop off, so does the weight.
They will be de-conditioned, but rugby will probably have to compromise somewhere to get back to a safe level to play.
“Some will be OK weight-wise, others will struggle. Not all of them will still be squatting 180kg, deadlifting, bench-pressing — the basics — so will lose muscle mass.
“They will be de-conditioned, but rugby will probably have to compromise somewhere to get back to a safe level to play.
“Realistically, it’s four weeks bare minimum. If you have a long period out, then ramp it up quickly, your body is more prone to injury. You need to build up tolerance.
“Football is much quicker, two to three weeks. In rugby, you have pre-seasons of ten to 12 weeks.
“It takes a long time to physically be match fit. With this amount of time off, it’s tough.”
Premiership stars are preparing to return to training in two weeks.
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