By Lloyd Webb
Kieran Gibbs says that sports science has changed the face of football.
The defender has been at Arsenal for more than a decade and has seen how the game has progressed on and off the pitch.
“I think it [sport science] has changed dramatically over the last couple of years,” Gibbs told Arsenal Player. “You can see all the changes in the training ground and the big impact it has had on all the clubs over the world.
"For me, any detail that can help on improving the game, then why not do it? If it means it is going to give you the best chance to win, then you can ask any of the players that they will do pretty much anything"
"Everything from nutrition to recovery, training, analysis and all of those things have evolved over the last couple years. It has changed the game.
“Training is monitored to check when you are maybe tired or loading heavy. You are now watched quite closely now in training and in games and it is all meant to be person specific to try and help you complete a season in the right way possible. You need to adapt and adjust all your methods in training and diet to try and help you last for a whole season.
“We also have full body scanners now that tell you your weight, percentage of body fat and everything down to the muscle mass in your left arm. It is so specific now, it is quite frightening really. Once everyone does that you can monitor what everybody should slow down and or speed up on.
“For me, any detail that can help on improving the game, then why not do it? If it means it is going to give you the best chance to win, then you can ask any of the players that they will do pretty much anything.”