How does your Work Day compare to that of a Professional Rugby Player?

Here at Compass Physio and Trim Physio we said we would give you a sneak peak of the in the High Performance Centre at Abbotstown

This is the gym used by the Mens and Ladies as they prepare for the 6 Nations

The 6 Nations is only days away with the hopes of each Nation peaking in anticipation for their warriors to take to the battlefield.

But what does a normal day look like before we see these gladiators go to war in the quest for Glory

Here at Compass and Trim Physio, we have therapists who have worked with distinguished sports teams such as


  • New Zealand (Yes) The All Blacks
  • USA Mens Senior Rugby Union Team
  • Liverpool FC
  • Sunderland FC
  • Scotland RFU

Morning Routine

πŸ‘‰ 7.30am: Alarm goes off and it’s time to get up. Your roommate who is more of a morning person is already up and ready to go

πŸ‘‰ 7.45am: Breakfast. On the way into breakfast you take stock of the schedule for the today, nothing of note expect you have a quest speaker tonight for dinner

πŸ‘‰ 8.15am: Physio session. Can’t afford to be getting injured with the 6 Nations about to start so it’s 30 minutes of mobilisation and hip stretches to keep things in order and ticking over.

πŸ‘‰ 8.50am: Pre Participation. A series of tests that each player is responsible for doing themselves and then putting their results into an I-Pad to be reviewed by the medical team. Key things looked at are ankle movement, Low back mobility, shoulder movement, groin squeeze power to name a few. This helps to highlight is someone is more at risk of injury than someone else

πŸ‘‰ 9.00am: Video. The real work starts. Team video to look at the opposition and highlight their strengths and weaknesses. In depth work completed by the coaching staff dissects the opposition.

πŸ‘‰ 9.45am: Protein Bar and Stretch the legs to keep concentration levels up.

πŸ‘‰ 10.00am: Video; Tactics for the big game. The coaching staff outline the plays/structures that they feel will give the best chance of getting off to a winning start

πŸ‘‰ 11am: Field Session. Boots on, GPS Vest on and Finally out onto the field. There is a group warm up for 15 minutes with the S and C team and then forwards and backs split into seperate parts of the field


Evening Routine

πŸ‘‰ 12.00pm: 20 Minute full contact game putting into practice what we have learned. The tempo is high with no one holding back as there are places to be nailed down

πŸ‘‰ 12.30pm: Extras. Kickers practice their goal kicking, those who need top up their fitness do a little extra under the watchful eye of the coaches

πŸ‘‰ 12.45pm: Cool down and stretch/foam roll with the S and C team

πŸ‘‰ 1.30pm: Lunch. A large feed of the right combinations of protein/fats and carbs to assist on recovery.

πŸ‘‰ 2pm: Power Nap. Its tough being a athlete so recovery time is needed.

πŸ‘‰ 5pm: Massage. 30 minutes with the masseuse of needing out any areas of tension or tightness that may have built up

πŸ‘‰ 6.30pm: Dinner. Another combination of all the right food groups to maximise the gains from the days training.

πŸ‘‰ 8pm: Guest Speaker; None other than Roy Keane to speak about focus and leadership in sport. Serious energy pumping through the room

πŸ‘‰ 9.30pm: Players room for some pool/x box or for the more diligent students some video looking at their individual opponents common movements/patterns on play

πŸ‘‰ 11pm: Lights Out

If you have any questions after reading this day in the life please feel free to contact the clinic direct on 046 954 9456 or email info@compassphysio.ie

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