Canberra Capitals marquee recruit Rachel Jarry is confident she will be fit in time for the start of the WNBL season as she continues her comeback from knee surgery.
Capitals coach Paul Goriss has reached out to WNBA mentors for advice on how to handle a gruelling condensed season to manage Jarry's niggling knee problems.
Jarry will have to manage her troublesome knee for the rest of her career and she's using a revolutionary anti-gravity treadmill in her bid to get back on the court.
The Australian Institute of Sport's anti-gravity treadmill reduces gravity's impact on Jarry's run by allowing her to run at "between 70 and 80 per cent" of her body weight.
The 25-year-old arrived in Canberra ahead of schedule after her WNBA season ended in a flash just two weeks into training camp.
The Australian Opals star was supposed to be playing with the Atlanta Dream but her season was shattered when her knee flared up and required a clean out.
Now she's leaving no stone unturned in her bid to be back on the court for the Capitals' season opener against Bendigo at the National Convention Centre on October 6.
"I haven't played a game for a long time now so I'm definitely getting a bit frustrated but also very hungry," Jarry said.
"[I'm] on track for the season so everything is going well so far. Just building up strength and my running, and starting to get back on court now which is really exciting.
"[The treadmill] obviously takes away body weight so you can kind of build up some on-court fitness. We've got different programs that replicate the running patterns of basketballers so that's really helpful as well."
The WNBL has condensed 21 games into a 13-week regular season with the finals to finish before Australia Day.
It makes Goriss' job a little bit more difficult as he juggles a tough schedule with Jarry's ongoing knee concerns.
The Capitals mentor has reached out to WNBA coaches and says he'll be leaning on veterans Mistie Bass, Jordan Hooper and Natalie Medhurst for advice on how to handle constant back-to-back games.
"We knew with Rachel that obviously there'd been a history with knee injuries," Goriss said.
"Getting her to Canberra, both from our perspective and from hers, to be in Canberra in working at the AIS with the facilities here, I think it was a no-brainer for both of us.
"The reason behind Rachel coming in early, it was part of the rehab but also to work smart and have a plan in place about her rehab.
"She's on track and we'll be smart throughout the season about how he handle her workload.
"She's a pro. She wants longevity with her career. She knew coming in with the Capitals, with the AIS' support and Basketball Australia's support that she'd be on track for the start of the season."
The Capitals are expecting their entire Australian contingent to arrive in Canberra by September 4, with WNBA players Bass and Hooper to follow soon after.