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MATT PRESTRIDGE APPOINTED NEW HEAD OF SPORTS SCIENCE

3 June 2015

Matt joins club from Tottenham Hotspur

Northampton Town have appointed Matt Prestridge as the club's new Head of Sport Science and Assistant Professional Development Coach as part of a number of new appointments to the club's backroom staff.

Matt joins the club having been a Sports Scientist working with the first team at Tottenham Hotspur, having previously held a mixture of sport science and coaching roles with Watford, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Burton Albion as well as working for the Nike academy and Loughborough University.

Matt did his BSc and MSc at Loughborough University, both in Sport Science and holds a UEFA B licence.

In addition, Pablo Garcia has been appointed the club's First Team Rehab Coach and Academy Sports Scientist.

"It's no secret that we suffered far too many injuries last season and we needed to address that," said manager Chris Wilder.

"We have spent a lot of time looking into the reasons why and we have added Matt and Pablo to strengthen our infrastructure and support for the players. You will always suffer injuries in football, some are unavoidable but we need to reduce the risk of avoidable injuries occurring to an absolute minimum and to also make sure the players are as fit and strong and as well prepared for a 50+ game season as they possibly can be.

"League 2 clubs can't afford to carry huge squads so keeping injuries to a minimum and getting players who are injured back out on the field as soon as possible is crucial to give you the maximum chance of being successful.

"Matt has had an excellent grounding and has gained some really good experience, as has Pablo, and both will be excellent and important additions to the staff."

As part of the club’s medical team, Anders Braastad has also been confirmed as the club's permanent first team physiotherapist, having taken on the role since the departure of Stuart Barker in February.


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