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QPR players return to new surroundings

QPR’s squad were back for the first day of pre-season training today (Wednesday) as the preparations for the 2022/23 campaign got under way.

They returned to new surroundings following the club’s move to our Heston training site, ending a 17-year association at Harlington.

While a fantastic bespoke building is still being constructed in time for the 2023/24 campaign, the players arrived to an impressive temporary build.

Michael Beale’s squad were given designated slots throughout the day to undergo a series of detailed tests under the watchful eye of the club’s Head of Medicine & Performance, Dr Imtiaz Ahmad.

“The players have to undergo various testing so that we have a baseline for where they are at the start of the season which we can monitor against as the season progresses,” Dr Ahmad explained.

“Each player spends time with me initially when they arrive, firstly because I like to see everyone individually to check how they are. 

“They then undergo a number of tests with me. Concussion testing enables us to know where they are at now so that should they suffer a concussion injury during the season we have a baseline to compare them to.

“Cardiovascular testing is carried out to ensure all our players are up-to-date with their cardiovascular screening.

“We also assess each player’s mental health too and we continue to monitor this as the season progresses.”

Once that is completed, each player spends time with the phyisio team, sports science department and nutritionist.

“The testing with the physios focuses on the player’s flexibility, mobility and strength,” Dr Ahmad said.

“The sports science team then carry out testing both in and out of the gym. In the gym, they conduct jump testing which not only measures power but also enables us to monitor fatigue levels as the season goes on.

“Outside, they conduct sprint testing and aerobic testing. Once this is completed, they have their body fats measured with a nutritionist.

“Once we have this information, the players can then be passed over to the coaches for pre-season training to commence on Thursday.”



The players undergo various testing so that we have a baseline for where they are.

Dr Imtiaz Ahmad