Athlete Factory Director of Performance, Paul Balsom, and I had the pleasure of spending a week in early February with AS Roma Football Club, in Rome Italy at the invite of AS Roma’s Darcy Norman, Director of Performance.

As with any time we spend visiting or consulting for professional teams we take a collaborative approach, and look to identify improvements that we might take back to the Athlete Factory, as well as reinforce processes we already have in place. We strongly believe it is important to never stop learning and growing, and it is always reconfirming to see the impact that our work can make at this level.

Our time at AS Roma was an opportunity to share and present Paul’s doctorate research and practical work, which has driven how the Athlete Factory conditions and produces athletes for elite performance. In addition, we were able to watch the Roma players train and prepare for their upcoming match, discuss with Darcy and his staff their conditioning philosophy, and work hands on with a few injured Roma players to further demonstrate our methods that have in particular led to our successful results and reputation in rehabilitation.

Overall it was a very exciting and rewarding trip, culminating in VIP tickets to AS Roman’s match vs. Benevento in Stadio Olimpico. We would like to extend many thanks to Darcy Norman and his staff for the invitation to share our work and for hosting us.