Nathan Thompson has given himself the best chance possible of remaining injury-free this season.
The popular right-back has had his share of setbacks during his career – but hopes they are now firmly behind him.
Thompson, 27, suffered with several problems when at Swindon, including a hamstring complaint which curtailed his involvement in the 2015 League One play-off final.
And after completing his move to Pompey last summer, a foot injury picked up on the second day of training kept him out of the opening few weeks of the campaign.
However, Thompson has worked with a personal trainer over the summer to ensure he is in the best shape possible.
He said: ‘This year I had a close friend come out (on holiday) with me who is a personal trainer.
‘It was the first time I have done that and hopefully I see the benefits.
‘The club set a programme for you as well to make sure you’re managing injuries you’ve had previously and it’s been spot-on.
‘My wife and I got a villa and there was plenty of space there.
‘It was something I hadn’t done before and I was interested in trying.
‘You push yourself a little bit more when someone is encouraging you.’
Thompson is hoping his body won’t suffer any further problems.
He added: ‘I look back on the second day of pre-season last year and the injury flared up.
‘It set me back a little while and I was cursing big time. I suspect there were Swindon fans who were feeding back probably saying I was injury-prone.
‘To have a full season after that and have no more injuries and get 40 games was good for me.
‘It’s the reason why I brought in a personal trainer over the summer – to get the body ready. It becomes sort of bulletproof in that sense and you make sure there’s no reoccurrence of those injuries.’