Panthers hire a therapist

Lauren Wood with Carl Johnson (left) and Ged Rathbone. Photo: Jeff Higgott

Lauren Wood with Carl Johnson (left) and Ged Rathbone. Photo: Jeff Higgott

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Panthers team boss Carl Johnson believes someone who had not attended a speedway meeting until the start of this season could be a key figure in their pursuit of Premier League honours.

The city club have become the first in the country to hire a sports therapist. Local woman Lauren Wood is working with the team at home and away meetings in 2015.

Johnson said: “Speedway riders not only compete in a very dangerous sport, but they are also extremely busy with the amount of meetings they have both here and abroad.

“No other club in the country employs a sports therapist, but we feel it is an important appointment as we try to keep our riders fit and on track.

“We can do nothing to prevent the sort of serious injuries we have seen this season, but Lauren has the expertise to aid the rehabilitation of riders who have been hurt.

“It means they won’t be left to their own devices while recovering and hopefully we will get them back on track quicker.”

Wood (20) is no stranger to sport after working in non-league football in recent seasons.

Panthers have also drafted in an assistant team boss. Dale Allitt, who has vast experience at National League level with the King’s Lynn Young Stars, will work with Johnson.