Ollie Sale travelled back from Newcastle University last weekend to catch up with Somerset physiotherapist Jamie Thorpe, regarding the progress of the young fast bowler’s back injury.
Ollie, who graduated from the Academy in July 2014, was awarded a Somerset Scholarship and last summer played a number of games for the Second XI.
“It’s always really good to be back at the County Ground and to catch up with people.
“I have been catching up with Jamie about my rehab. We have been corresponding quite a lot since the end of the season but we thought it was a good idea for me to pop down for the weekend and get some training sessions in so he can see where I am at and know if I am ready for the next set of exercises.”
The 20 year old explained how his injury came about.
“Towards the end of the summer I had a bit of a niggle in my back which we scanned and discovered that there was a stress fracture. After further investigation it was decided the best way to fix it was to have surgery, which was done earlier in the autumn and thankfully I seem to be recovering well.
“I am getting there slowly and trying to make sure that I am doing all of my rehab correctly and not rushing anything too much.
“It is quite frustrating being at university and having to tone down some of the things that I normally do. Last year I was going to the gym a lot but now its just rehab exercises every day and concentrating on my core strength.
“It’s a gradual progression and I think we are looking at me starting to run after Christmas. We just want to make sure that everything is going back the way it should before I have another scan in January to check. Once we get the all clear from that then we can start to push on.”
Ollie reflected on his 2015 season overall and said: “The summer was fantastic for me. It was my first season on the staff and playing cricket with a special group was just great. I enjoyed it very much and felt that every game I played I made some headway to hopefully build my case to play in the first team at some point in the future.
“The good thing about what has happened is that it was at the end of the season and I can use the winter for recovery. Hopefully I can get most of the season in 2016 and because I have had the surgery it will prevent it from happening again.”