I am so pleased that you have found my blog, Fly On The Ball. In my first blog post, I want to share with you why I have decided to start this blog... Growing up, my only dream was to become a professional footballer. To be able to play football every day as my job … Continue reading Why ‘Fly On The Ball’?
Throughout the world, footballers are idolised and whether you are playing in non-league or you are representing your country, you are likely to be the envy of many. Some would give anything to live the life of a professional player. However, have you ever considered what is given up by those involved in football, to … Continue reading Sacrifices
When you hear football lifestyle you may think of exotic holidays, high-end restaurants and luxury cars. Yes, all of these are perks for SOME but what about the way we have to live every day, to ensure we can perform to the high standard that is expected day in, day out? "The body is a … Continue reading The Way Of Life For A Footballer
PART 4 With the recovery underway, all I could do was my simple range of movements, keep the leg elevated and rest the knee as much as possible until my follow-up appointment with the specialist at the 6-week mark. 4 weeks post-surgery I was able to perform the exercises I had been given with ease … Continue reading The 6-week Follow-up Appointment
The changing rooms are not just the place where us footballers get changed into our kit. We spend large chunks of our day there. The 'changing room' is also the team. It is the heart of the training ground. So what makes a changing room and what would the outside world see if they were … Continue reading Inside A Changing Room
PART 3 I was now out of the recovery room and had been wheeled back to my room. I was still unaware of what had happened in theatre but that was all about to change... Whilst I was in and out of sleep and informing family and friends that I was out of surgery and … Continue reading The Moment Of Truth
PART 2 With the operation now booked in, I could start to see the light at the end of this period of uncertainty. Prior to the phone call that informed me of the date had not been easy. Although I could see the light, I still wasn't sure what awaited me at the end of … Continue reading Light At The End Of The Tunnel?
PART 1 If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, you will be aware of the injury I am currently dealing with. I want to keep you all updated on my recovery but with Fly On The Ball going live after the injury, it is impossible to fit everything that has happened … Continue reading The Diagnosis
IT'S MATCHDAY! The butterflies fill the stomach, the excitement starts to bubble but at the same time, anxious energy floods the body. Not a negative energy but a feeling of anticipation and eagerness for kick-off. Arrival Teams arrive roughly 90 minutes before kick-off. As we approach the stadium the floodlights always stand out. Night games … Continue reading What Happens On Matchday?
I hope the last post provided you with an understanding of what a training schedule can look like without a midweek game. If you haven't yet read it, you can find it here. As most of you will be aware, throughout the season there are numerous midweek games, so how does a training schedule change … Continue reading What Does A Training Schedule Look Like WITH A Midweek Game?
In my previous blog post, ‘A Day In The Life’, I gave you a run-through of what a typical training day is like in the season. I briefly touched on training content without going into any detail and said I’d give that its own post. This post will be what a schedule might look like … Continue reading What Does A Training Schedule Look Like WITHOUT A Midweek Game?