Giants undertake training review as injury list mounts

The out-of-form Giants have launched a review into their football program in a bid to alleviate the mounting injury list which is threatening to derail their 2018 season.

Academy head John Quinn is running a fine-tooth comb over the ninth-placed club to examine training methods and player recovery, and is expected to report his findings next month.

Hamstrung: Giants star Jeremy Cameron.

Photo: AAP

It's the second review into the club's injuries in as many seasons.

Quinn was formerly the head of high performance at GWS, and has also worked for Essendon, the Socceroos and the Australian Olympic track team.

The Giants dropped out of the AFL's top eight on the weekend after their 25-point loss to West Coast, and have now won just one match in the last four rounds.


Matt de Boer picked up a hamstring injury during the match which will cost him Saturday's clash with North Melbourne, while co-captain Phil Davis was concussed and has also been ruled out of the Kangaroos game.

They join a bulging casualty ward which includes Josh Kelly (groin), Toby Greene (foot), Tom Scully (ankle), Brett Deledio (hamstring), Zac Williams (Achilles) and Adam Kennedy (knee), among others.

Earlier this month Brisbane Lions great Jonathan Brown slammed the club for its injury list, saying it could potentially cost the Giants a premiership and hinting that players weren't fully devoted to their rehabilitation.

Coach Leon Cameron conceded after Saturday's Eagles loss that the club likely brought Greene back from injury too quickly earlier this season, leading to a longer stint on the sidelines.

Key forward Jeremy Cameron returned from a hamstring problem in round 19 last season, but suffered a recurrence of the injury and missed a further two weeks.

"We've actually engaged with John to say 'can you come in to put a fresh set of eyes over our program to look at why are we sustaining some of these injuries'," coach Cameron said.

"That's probably going to go over the next three or four weeks to see whether or not John can pick out some things that we might be doing rightly or wrongly and we really look forward to that.

"If I've got a blind spot and I'm not seeing someone or if someone in our footy department has got a blind spot that we're not seeing, then having another set of eyes and the calibre of John Quinn do that for us can only be a positive thing."

Season 2018 is starting to look like a repeat of last year, where Giants players missed a league high 212 games through injury. That led to an investigation of a spate of high-ankle sprains being suffered by players at the club.

Deledio spent most of 2017 on the sidelines, while Stephen Coniglio, Ryan Griffen, Nick Haynes, Jacob Hopper, Kennedy and Matt Buntine also missed significant game time through injury.

The club continued to win games last year despite the long injury list, but this time around their form has slumped and a loss to North this weekend would mark the first time since 2015 the club has dropped three games in a row.

"He'll run that process over the next three or four weeks. Once that's done there's no doubt he'll sit us all down and say 'you're doing this well, can you do this better'," Cameron said.

"'Are your recovery protocols as good as they can be? Is your training planning as good as it can be?' I'm really confident having John scan over our footy department and look at what we're doing to try to get to the bottom of some of these injuries, even though a lot of them can be put down as bad luck.

"I'd be lying to say I wasn't frustrated. Unfortunately at this part of the year we've got some injuries that we don't want to have.

"There's always something you can improve on your program and that's the tack that we're taking. We feel as though that as a footy club we can do that and everyone's on board including myself, our coaches and our high-performance unit."

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James Buckley

James Buckley writes on AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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