Buoyancy for the Win

23 Dec

terry-nelson-disabled-swim-suitApparently there is a secret weapon at work in the backroom for us thanks to amputee and ex-Liverpool player Terry Nelson. Nelson has developed a buoyancy running suit which allows players to train in the water when land training isn’t possible. Apparently Crispy has used the suit (of course he has) to help with his injuries. Of more interest to me though, is how Nelson came to develop his aqua “running man” suit.

Per the Irish Mirror back in October:

Real Madrid have a secret Anfield agent in their squad tonight – an ex-Liverpool player who is helping the Spanish Galaticos recover from injury in ‘miracle-quick’ time.

Amputee Terry Nelson developed a revolutionary aqua running suit that has helped stars including Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka back onto the pitch, miles ahead of schedule.

But the crucial Champions League clash tonight will leave the 52-year-old with mixed feelings as the double kidney transplant survivor once played on the Merseysiders’ books as a trainee.

The buoyancy suit, endorsed by Diego Maradona, allows players to train in the water even when injuries have stopped them running on land, drastically cutting recovery time.

Terry is almost a part of Carlo Ancelotti’s backroom team, and kept a keen eye on the Bernabeu superstars as they trained under the Anfield floodlights on Tuesday night.

The suit, also popular with Jose Mourinho, last year won a Whitehall deal to bring its manufacture back to the UK from China.

Terry told the Mirror: “It’s a crazy situation. I’m a Liverpool diehard fan, and I even played for the club when I was younger, but I’m now turning out for the enemy.

“It feels surreal to be back on Merseyside, with Madrid, plotting Brendan Rodgers’ downfall.

“With players on hundreds of thousands of pounds a week nowadays, if the suit helps get them back quicker to full fitness it’s a massive money saver for top clubs.”

Argentinian Maradona ordered one of the water jackets for his son-in-law, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke even used the technology to get in shape for a film role as Terry flew out to Los Angeles to give him the run-down of its benefits.

Terry is now widely regarded as the UK’s leading expert on deep water running and was invited to speak of his employment experiences at the Disability Employment Conference.

The aqua suit has regularly been used by the serially-injured ex-England international Owen Hargreaves and is set to be worn by Neymar as he recovers from his back injury sustained while playing for Brazil at the World Cup .

The clothing reduces the wearer’s weight in the water by 90%, which, when combined with training, increases speed, strength, agility and stamina.

After injury curtailed his promising career with Liverpool, Terry suffered acute kidney failure while with the elite Parachute Regiment, leading to his amputation, and was told he had six months to live.

In 1988, his brother Dean donated a kidney and within 15 weeks, Terry had finished the London marathon.

Four years later, he won three gold medals at the British Transplant Games and was picked to represent his country at the World Games in Vancouver.

A marathon 3.5 months after a kidney transplant? As if I didn’t already feel lazy.


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