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Sweden goalkeeper at World Cup thanks to local medics

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England football fans may not be thanking a certain local hospital if the result doesn’t go their way today, as the team takes on Sweden at the World Cup in Russia from 3pm.

Robin Olsen, 28, is the Swedish national team’s goalkeeper and a player for F.C. Copenhagen.

He was referred by a shoulder specialist in Sweden to see Professor Len Funk who is a consultant shoulder surgeon with clinics at The Wilmslow Hospital and The Manchester Institute of Health & Performance (MIHP).

Professor Funk performed an AC joint repair procedure in Wilmslow and afterwards advised Robin to see sports physio Doug Jones and his team at Altius Healthcare.

Doug specialises in getting athletes back to playing sport after surgery, and has a worked with a number of football clubs.

It was agreed with F.C. Copenhagen’s physiotherapist that Robin should undergo a two-day intensive residential every fortnight over a 10-week period, whilst he was injured, to get him back to full fitness as soon as possible.

Doug explained: “Often the shoulder operation Robin had to stabilise his AC joint can leave people with initial stiffness and being a goalkeeper – where reaching above his head and to the side for a ball is a vital part of his job – we needed to work on his strength and mobility early on to make sure he would be able to return to the game quickly.”

As one of the world’s top goalkeepers, a bespoke progressive strengthening programme was designed for Robin that involved a phased return to all ranges of movement, ensuring not to overload the repaired collarbone for the first six weeks.

Robin also benefitted from regular sports massages, podiatry services and pilates.

Ahead of his appearances in Russia, Robin commented: “Thanks to Professor Funk, Doug and the performance team at MIHP, I have played my first game for F.C. Copenhagen since my shoulder surgery, and I’m on track to represent Sweden at the World Cup in Russia.”

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