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Recovery critical to Games performance
21:43 AEST Sat Jul 21 2012

Athlete wellbeing is a critical factor in the Olympic medal tally and it is about more than massage, says the director of Australia's recovery centre.

Caring for the bodies and minds is a team of professionals based a short distance from Olympic Park and led by Shona Halson.

"We know now that recovery is really critical for our athletes, especially in a competition setting. We know that all the little things that they do between events can really make a big difference to their performance," Dr Halson told reporters on Saturday.

Along with massage and hydrotherapy facilities, there will be a psychologist on call at the customised centre, which has been transformed from a special needs school for the duration of the Games.

"The goal of this psychologist is really to work from a de-briefing, relaxation, sleep perspective, so just on those little things that become important to an athlete in a competition setting when it's a really major event," Dr Halson said.

Australia's mens' hockey team were the first to visit the centre on Saturday following a gym session.

"It is really important to get the recovery in, it's almost the most important part of our regime," Kookaburra Glenn Turner, 28, told AAP, during a session in the hydrotherapy baths.

"If you can get away from the pressure of competition and the excitement of the (Olympic) village for even a short time, that's a huge relief and it keeps life more like it is at home."

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