Warriors announce key appointments in Medical Department

Worcester Warriors have continued preparations ahead of the 2014/15 campaign by recruiting four new members of staff in the Medical Department.

The arrivals highlight Warriors’ commitment to ensuring players receive effective long-term support off the pitch as the club aims for a successful 2014/15 campaign.

The club is delighted to announce the appointment of Brooke Robinson, who moves to Sixways from Northampton Saints to take up the role of Osteopath and Rehabilitation Co-ordinator.

Robinson, who completed an MSc in Osteopathy, spent four years at Franklin’s Gardens, where she worked with an array of international players.

She said: “It is impossible to talk to Dean Ryan and Nick Johnston without being mesmerised by the project at Sixways and the opportunity to join the team here was something I couldn’t turn down.

“I will be responsible for managing medical and injury-recovery programmes for players and tying that in to what the Strength & Conditioning team is doing.

“The staff in the Medical Department have experience in different areas and that allows players to receive the necessary level of support they need.”  

Meanwhile, Julie Snow joins the club as First-Team Physiotherapist after roles with Saracens, Doncaster Knights and Coventry Rugby Club.

She is joined in the department by Long-Term Athlete Development Physiotherapists Charlotte Robertson and James Scriven.

First-Team Physiotherapist John Chaffe and Soft Tissue Therapist Jenny Carter, who have worked at the club for a combined total of 14 years, also form part of the experienced department.

The department will be overseen by Head Physiotherapist Mike Lancaster, who begins his ninth season at the club.

Lancaster said: “The club recognises the importance of medical staff to support players and it is a sign of intent to invest so heavily in the department. 

“It is the most experienced Medical Department we’ve had at the club since I arrived here and that will only have a positive impact on the services players receive.”

Warriors has one of the most experienced Medical Departments in elite rugby and, with the added expertise, players will continue to receive top-level injury-prevention advice as well as treatment to ensure effective recovery from injury. 

High Performance Director Nick Johnston said: “It was essential that we built a Medical Department which is able to offer players the necessary level of long-term support.

“We have created a number of new roles within the department and the added expertise at the club will be key to ensure players are competing at their maximum capabilities.”