Introduction to Andreas
AR: Andreas, thank you for being part of this hamstring management series. Can you explain how your role has evolved over time and how you actually manage all the aspects related to performance and rehab at Borussia Dortmund?
Andreas Beck: I’m working in professional football since 2007. Before that, I studied sports science and sports medicine in Frankfurt am Main. While studying, I worked in the fitness industry as a coach: I had my own business as a personal trainer and providing performance diagnostics for clubs. I also worked as a rehab specialist in a physiotherapy facility.
My original goal at that time was to stay at the University to get my PhD and doing more training related research. Then I got an offer from a football club to join them as a S&C Coach in 2007. For five years I did all the job alone: gym work, data collection, individual conditioning, field-based work with the team. Even testing and education for the Academy. This was all before I had a family.
I was allowed to do all the mistakes which nowadays would lead to be fired. There was no money, no fancy equipment and no high expectations for my position: I could be creative and try out a lot of ideas and evolve as a person as well as a coach.
When Borussia Dortmund offered me a job I had no doubt for me that this was the next necessary step in my career. I joined a team of three coaches and Dr. Andreas Schlumberger, currently Head of Medicine at Borussia Mönchengladbach, was the head of our Department. I did a lot of field-based work with the team, I travelled with them and i worked on an individual basis too.
From time to time I did some rehabilitation work, which was the field of expertise of Dr. Schlumberger. When Schlumberger left the club together with the head coach (Jurgen Klopp), the new Head Coach Thomas Tuchel brought a S&C coach with him who became the head of S&C: he started doing all the field-based work then I switched my main duties toward rehab and individual training for two years.
Starting from summer 2017 I serve as the Head of S&C: I’m now working under my 8th head coach, I have worked in both First and Second Division, I went multiple times with the team to the Cupfinal and we played Champions and Europa League with the climax in the UCL Final in London 2013.
In my current role besides the work as a S&C coach, I collect as much information as possibile: medical data, gps tracking, wellbeing data, game minutes in order to generate an holistic overview of the team and players to help the Head Coach to make smarter decisions. Overall control of training load and effective management of the training week are my main focus in preventing musculoskeletal injuries.