Dublin did a great job on O'Sullivan
The question on every Dublin fan's lips last Sunday was how did Cian O'Sullivan recover in time to start in the All-Ireland SFC Final against Kerry?
In the replay win over Mayo O'Sullivan appeared to pull-up in the dying seconds with a hamstring tear. The Crokes centre-back had to be carried off the field and his chances in playing in the final looked slim.
So how did he make it back in time?
Firstly, Cian would have had a scan on his hamstring straight after the Mayo replay. The results would have pinpointed exactly how many microfibres he had torn and where the damage was located.
After that, he probably underwent two physio sessions a day to get himself back in contention. The player has a history of hamstring trouble and may have had a mini cryotherapy device, such as the 'Thigh Cryo Cuff' at home, to speed up his recovery. It is likely that the player also visited a Cryotherapy clinic here in Ireland such as the ones in Wexford or Shannon.
On the Tuesday after the Mayo game he would have been tested at 40% running speed and then up to 70% at the weekend before the final.
Cian would then have to sprinted flat out on the Friday before the final to ensure he was fully able to start the match.
We have 3 hamstrings extending from our pelvis to the back of our knees. General rule of thumb is . . . the higher up the leg the longer it takes for it to heal.
Hamstrings generally take anything from 10 days to 4 weeks to get right so you can imagine how tight a call it was for the management to decide if he was fit of not. They worked on him up until the Friday before the game to do a test, and it really paid off.
For a better look check out my latest hamstrinmg rehab blog...