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Issued:19/04/10

A double act with a difference has led basketball team the Sheffield Sharks to their most successful season yet.

The team, who narrowly missed out on the British Basketball League title after winning the league cup earlier in the year, has been working with Sheffield Hallam University's Podium Performance team to boost physical fitness and mental toughness.

A double act with a difference has led basketball team the Sheffield Sharks to their most successful season yet.

The team, who narrowly missed out on the British Basketball League title after winning the league cup earlier in the year, has been working with Sheffield Hallam University's Podium Performance team to boost physical fitness and mental toughness.

The Podium Performance team has worked with a host of sporting stars, including downhill mountain bike champion Steve Peat and Olympic silver medallists Leon Taylor and Amir Khan. And now Podium Performance has brought its formula for sporting success to Coleridge Road to become part of the Sharks' basketball backline.

The Sharks have had access to the High Performance facility at Sheffield Hallam, which gives the team access to all sports facilities and programmes, including the High Performance Strength and Conditioning Suite. 

The Podium Performance team has also carried out assessment sessions and performance athlete workshops focusing on sporting lifestyle, sports psychology and sports nutrition.

Regular strength and conditioning sessions were held throughout the year and physiotherapy was offered by Sheffield Hallam's physiotherapy centre - UNIversal Wellbeing - at Sharks' home matches during the season.

The Sharks basketball team
The Sharks basketball team

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Sharks chairman Yuri Matischen said: "The partnership with Sheffield Hallam provided an essential element of support to our players.

"As a club, we need to be able to get our players in for physiotherapy work as soon as possible, and Sheffield Hallam has been able to provide this service throughout the season.  This medical cover means our players were fitter and stronger in our challenge for the BBL Championship title."

Dave Hembrough, from Sheffield Hallam's Podium Performance team, said: "The team has enjoyed working with the Sharks and playing a part in providing the backroom support to help them with their on-court performances. The season and results have gone well and the players have leant a lot and developed physically and mentally as the seasons gone on."

For press information contact: Laurie Harvey on 0114 225 2621 or email pressoffice@shu.ac.uk