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Adam Gemili learns there’s no horsing around when it comes to trainingJune 27, 2017
The sprinter visited the Longholes pre-training and rehabilitation centre to investigate the similarities between the training of an elite racehorse and a human athlete
Adam Gemili has been taking tips from the equine world ahead of this summer’s IAAF World Championships.
The sprinter visited the state-of-the-art Longholes pre-training and rehabilitation centre in Newmarket to investigate the similarities between the training of an elite racehorse and that of a human athlete.
Gemili, who studied for a sports science degree at the University of East London, produced a series of videos on behalf of the QIPCO British Champions Series in which he demonstrated the equipment and techniques used as part of a racehorse’s rehabilitation programme following injury.
“It is kind of mind-blowing to think that there is so much equipment that is used in athletics which is also used with horses,” Gemili said.
“The fact that there are things such as a horse hydrospa to cool down soft tissue and a water treadmill to build up their endurance and to give them a really good workout is amazing and really impressive – it shows just how similar their facilities are and the fact that they’re elite athletes too.”
» Video and image credit: QIPCO British Champions Series