By Kieran O'Reilly
There was a great turnout of players and parents of Belvedere's Under 12 Premier team for the talk and presentation by Chartered Physiotherapist Miriam Downey from Ex-Well Medical on Tuesday night.
The event took place at Dublin City University in Glasnevin, where Miriam also lectures in Physiotherapy.
Topics discussed included dealing with growing pains, injury prevention, the importance of warming up and stretching as well as good diet and rest.
Miriam explained the most common injuries that young footballers can suffer and how managing those injuries is best undertaken.
She highlighted the importance of having ice packs and strapping available as part of the team's first aid kit.
With the assistance of a number of her DCU students, the flexibility of each of Belvedere players was tested and recorded, before the boys were given practical demonstrations of the stretching exercises for them to do on a daily basis, along with some advice on good posture and foot care.
There was a great response by the Belvedere players and their parents who all found the evening to be both interesting and informative.
Belvedere Under 12 Premier manager John Moore along with coaches Jimmy Jackson and Kieran O'Reilly also attended and John thanked Miriam and her students for taking the time out to give the talk and practical demonstrations.
Ex-Well Medical is located on the DCU campus at Collins Avenue in Glasnevin and is Belvedere's preferred physiotherapy practice for player injury treatment.
The U12s continue their season with an SFAI All Ireland Cup 1/4 final in Westport Co. Mayo this Saturday.