West Ham players return to training


By Sean Whetstone

West Ham players not involved international duty over the summer will report back to training at the Rush Green Training Ground this morning (Thursday)

All West Ham players are thoroughly tested, scanned and assessed on their return to Rush Green for pre-season training.

The Hammers will undergo cardiac screening, which checks the rhythm of the heart, as well as blood tests and weight and body fat measurements. They carry out an ultrasound of the heart and a series of blood tests, looking at inflammatory markers in the blood or mineral markers, such as vitamin D.

A musculoskeletal screen looks at the range and motion of the muscles and joints. Players will then put through fitness tests in the gym and look at power tests and jump tests to see how the players are performing after their summer break.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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