Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has revealed that he turned to books and became a medical boffin in the process in order to overcome the injury problems that had hampered his career.
The Czech midfielder had been plagued with a serious knee injury that saw him miss 18 months of action during 2008 and 2009.
But now the former Borussia Dortmund player is set to mark his 25th appearance of the season for the Gunners against Ipswich Town in the League Cup semi- final first leg on Wednesday, and admits hours of reading has helped boost his fitness and knowledge.
"Many people tried to give me advice but I studied things myself - all kinds of studies and programmes formulated for sportsmen by doctors, physiotherapists and fitness trainers.” Rosicky told The Sun.
"I tried to create my own regime out of this and adjusted it according to what I found to be satisfactory. When I came across something else that interested me, I made adjustments to my programme.
"There are many things that can help you in the course of your career. In a way, I have discovered what suits my body."