Rovers Head of Sports Medicine Dave Fevre has been recognised at the annual Football Medical Association presentation evening.
Dave, who has been with the club 15 years this week, received two prestigious awards including an Outstanding Contribution to Football honour.
The event was held in Leicester on FA Cup final day at the end of May and Dave admits he was humbled by the recognition.
“It was a real honour to win two awards,” said Dave, who picked up the first for his involvement in over 1,000 football matches.
“I was aware of the first award and 17 physios – past and present – were presented with that. I have now done over 1,400 games which really surprised me when I was told.
“As for the outstanding contribution award, that was a surprise. I think it made it all the more special because I really wasn’t expecting it.
“We had a Blackburn Rovers table and all the staff on the medical side were there so that was nice.
“We were originally down there for a conference and on the Saturday myself and the club doctor Duncan Robertson were presenting as lecturers.
“The lecture involved me and the doc going head-to-head in a discussion of clinical assessment of injuries against radiological scans of injuries. We had a real ding-dong about it! It was good fun and there was plenty of banter going on.”
Whilst Dave admits the award was special on a personal level, he insists that it is important for the club as a whole.
“It is also a great honour for the club. I don’t really see it as an award for me as such – it’s more of an award for the club. The club have always put so much into the medical side of things ever since I came here in 1999.
“Our job is to try and get the lads on the pitch as much as we can and these type of awards show how much we put into this department as a club.
“The present and previous owners have always been very supportive of the medical and the sports science side. They see us as an important department because we are trying to help create the best athletes we possibly can with the players that we have at the club.
“The club has always given me what I needed and my buzz is getting players back on the pitch and the club are of the same mentality. I have spoke to several of my colleagues at other clubs and they don’t receive the same level of support.
“We want to give the manager the headache of having all his players available. If we can keep the squad above 90% availability then the ‘problem’ is not with us, it is then up to the manager and the coaching team to make the optimum team selection.”
With pre-season about to kick-off, Dave says he and the team are raring to go.
“You wake up on the first day of pre-season and it’s exciting because we all just want to be back. There is a real buzz about coming in and it’s what I love doing.
“The first few days are a bit of a blur as we get things sorted out. The first job is screening all the players. We do this so if a player gets injured during the campaign then we know what they were like at the start of pre-season. We also have new players coming in and it gives us an idea of what they are like.
“Almost everyone has come back injury-free so we are delighted about that.”