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VIDEO: Strength and conditioning

By Ian Appleyard | 12th January 2018

Robbie Dawson joined York City's backroom staff as part-time strength and conditioning coach earlier this season and now plays an important role in helping manager Martin Gray maintain the improved fitness levels of his squad.

"Ideally, I would have liked to have come in at the start of the season but I have come in halfway through," said Dawson. "I am in charge of fitness, conditioning, and injury prevention.

"Sports science is so vital now, especially when it comes to recovery," he explained. "You have got to keep topping up the lads with their fitness.

"If they do pick up an injury, they lose a bit of match fitness, so you are trying to work around the injury at the same time.

"Martin Gray is fantastic. He is always asking me the best way to get more out of the lads. He is open to my ideas and (physio) Ian 'Buster' Gallagher's ideas on how to keep the lads injury free so we get plenty of games out of them and maximum performance."

Watch a full interview with Dawson and behind-the-scenes footage of City's players at work in the Bootham Crescent gym by clicking the link below:

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