Preseason gets underway with Covid-19 tests and performance testing

The Royal Blues are back from summer break and have started preparations for the 2020/21 season. The team underwent various performance tests on the first days of preseason.

Amine Harit

The first training session will take place on Monday, 3rd August. Prior to training getting underway, all players, coaches and staff had to undergo testing for Covid-19 in order to ensure that there was no risk of infection for anyone with contact to the team.

Strict adherence to the hygiene protocol

Both rounds of testing were conducted under the supervision of team doctor Dr. Patrick Ingelfinger, who is also in charge of ensuring the hygiene protocol is properly implemented. This includes adhering to all the criteria set out by the protocol, including social-distancing measures, the regular disinfecting of all areas and separate changing rooms.

The same measures were also in place for the performances tests, during which several players underwent orthopaedic, cardio and other tests ahead of the first training session.

The results of the performance tests help the coaching staff to prepare and plan for the upcoming training sessions, as well as help with load management. The results of the tests allow the staff to draw conclusions from the player’s individual progress over the last five weeks.

Harit: It helps us to be prepared

Schalke TV accompanied Amine Harit during his performance test. The Moroccan suffered a knee injury shortly after the Bundesliga restart in May, and is optimistic ahead of preseason. “It’s important for us to give our all during the tests and to take them seriously,” he said. “It will help us to be prepared for next season.” The 23-year-old did not just take it easy during his summer vacation, but instead trained nearly every day with his personal trainer in order to be ready to go once preseason got underway.

First training session to be live streamed on Schalke TV

The Royal Blues will take part in their first preseason training session on Monday, 3rd August, with the session taking part behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Fans will still be able to tune in to watch the team train, as Schalke TV will be sharing a free live stream of the session, including live commentators and some surprise guests. The session will begin at 15:30 CEST.

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