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Howse appointed Lead Sports Scientist and Strength & Conditioning Coach

14 July 2022

The Shrimps are delighted to confirm Oliver Howse has been appointed Lead Sports Scientist and Strength & Conditioning Coach.

The 30-year-old has taken up the position following the departure of Chris Squirrell at the end of last season.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Rehabilitation in 2015, he headed the Blackpool FC Academy medical team before a stint at Barrow AFC before landing at Morecambe in 2019.

After an initial conversation with manager Derek Adams, it was soon decided that Howse would be the ideal replacement for all parties.

"It's been a busy start, obviously it's going to be for a role like mine in Pre-Season, but it's been good," he said.

"I know most of the lads anyway from last year and the past couple of years, so it's not like a completely new job.

"Squiz told the gaffer a couple of months before [leaving], maybe about a month to go to the end of the season, the gaffer pulled me in the office and asked would I like to take over what he was doing."

After working the last couple of seasons as First Team Performance Therapist alongside Head Physio Simon Farnworth, the new job role boasts a number of new responsibilities for Howse.

He added: "[Taking the] warm ups is the biggest one, people will obviously see me take the warm up on matchdays as well.

"Other roles include monitoring GPS data, how many kilometers the lads are doing in a week in sprints, that kind of stuff, relaying that kind of information to management, planning and putting on gym sessions in the afternoon.

"I'm also doing prehab, designing all the prevention gym sessions whilst also testing them.

"It's more of a dual role, I'll still doing some of the bits I was doing before, but it'll be more the whole group I'm looking at, but still working with individuals and the injured players, and still working with Simon [Farnworth] in the physio room, only I'm just spreading myself out now."

The 2022/23 Pre-Season campaign is the first for Howse in this position, and he says the team are doing well as they continue to prepare for the Club's second successive Sky Bet League One season.

"It's definitely been a tough one for them," Howse continued.

"A bit of an eye opener for some of them, but everyone's taking it really well, some really good attitudes.

"Everything is moving along nicely to that first game against Shrewsbury." 


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