Published: 16:29, 03 May 2007
KENT'S physiotherapy team has been strengthened during the close season with capture of former Zimbabwe Test physio and Zimbabwe A wicketkeeper Brad Robinson.
A graduate from the University of Zimbabwe in 1998, he has worked in private practice and with the Zimbabwe cricket team since 2000, before moving to England in 2005.
He joined Kent in October 2006 where his speciality in all musculo-skeletal conditions, sports injuries and rehabilitation and acupuncture pain relief will complement the work of first team physiotherapist Nimmo Reid.
Robinson, whose father Ian is Zimbabwe's most senior Test umpire, said: "I had a break from cricket after leaving the Zimbabwe set up and was working in Sittingbourne when I noticed the job going here.
"I worked with Zimbabwe's junior age group sides from under-15 to under-19 and provincial teams until 2002 when I started working for the Test side under Geoff Marsh.
"I felt it was the right time to get some experience out of the country. My wife's over here with me and we've set up home in Whitstable, so we're enjoying our time here."
As for his work at Kent, Robinson expects most of his time to be taken up working with private clients at the St Lawrence Physiotherapy Clinic based at the county's Canterbury headquarters.
He added: “Being with the 2nd team and academy is a fantastic opportunity to work with the club’s younger players and I’d like to think I bring quite a lot of experience to that role.
“It’s important to have good staff working with the grass roots players and to bring continuity between second and teams. I’ll be swapping notes with Nimmo all the time and I’ll be looking after the rehabilitation of those injured players who can’t travel with the first team."