ACT Lakers take on Brumbies Rugby recovery lessons

The ACT Lakers will take a few inside tips into their Australian Hockey League matches this week after some one-on-one time with the University of Canberra Brumbies Athletic Performance Department.

After a brief encounter with University of Canberra Brumbies Athletic Performance Director, Dean Benton, who was in London during the 2012 Olympic Games, ACT Coach Ben Bishop was intent on giving his players a good grasp on the importance of recovery.

Be it rugby or hockey, recovery is widely regarded as one of the most important elements for an elite athlete. The University of Canberra Brumbies specially designed sleep room and recovery centre support quality recovery, and Bishop said it was something his hockey players could not afford to ignore.

“Dean’s message around recovery really stuck with me in London. I met with Jake and Dean after the Olympics and was pretty keen to get my own players through Brumbies HQ to hear what Dean had to say,” Bishop said.

“Rugby and hockey are different sports but for us to be playing three games in three day is taxing and requires some diligent recovery, it’s certainly an attritional tournament.

“We have always impressed on our players the importance of a good recovery, but it’s been good for them to hear it from another source and to take it on board.”

The ACT were narrowly defeated in their first game of the tournament against Tasmania on Tuesday but are still good chances to qualify for the playoffs with big games against Northern Territory and South Australia over the next couple of days.

Entry to the AHL is free and with an average age of just 21, the young Lakers will thrive on the support of a big, vocal Canberra crowd.

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