SOPHIE Hinkley is easing herself back into running sessions after injury setbacks during netball's coronavirus-enforced break.
The Cobden coach, who gave birth earlier this year, said an old back injury had flared up, limiting her aerobic work.
But Hinkley, who will oversee the Bombers' first pre-season training session for season 2021 next Thursday, said she was managing the issue.
"I have had ongoing issues with my back since I was 17," she said.
"I had a straight forward birth (this year) and we thought it was all fine and I started running four months after birth and everything was no worries.
"It was probably going a bit too hard too early. Because I have had the history of bulged discs when I was really young and that all comes from instability from in my hips and back, I have had to try and build my strength back up."
Hinkley had planned to do a short jog on Tuesday on her road to recovery and has been going to the gym and doing pilates.
"I have felt good in every other sense but I just want to make sure I can think in the long-term to play sport for as long as I can and have as many kids as we would like to and not have anything physically holding us back from that," she said.
"It's probably been a real blessing not having the season because I would have tried to play. It was probably in my best interests we had to put it on the back-burner."
Hinkley took on the coaching role in 2020 and is eager to test herself next year.
"It feels exciting. I think it's nice to start from scratch in the coaching sense as we've had that bit of a break," she said. "As much as it was nice to have that bit of momentum from two years (in a row) being in a grand final, I think it's nice for everyone to have a little breather and come at it with a different perspective or different energy.
"It means everyone can be receptive to a new point-of-view and it doesn't seem like such a big change when someone else has come in."
Cobden's senior players have been helping run junior clinics at the club since COVID-19 restrictions have eased.
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