Doctors and physical trainers warn of the danger of muscle, but also joint, injuries, upon the return of the League on June 11 and less than two weeks of complete group training: « He is hasty »
The soccer industry runs to save the season. The physical consequences that this will have among the players, however, are yet to be seen. There are many unknowns when it comes to advancing on unknown terrain.
After a two-month confinement and, after government approval, the return to professional competition will take place from June 8, with day 11 (Seville-Betis) as the date set for turn on the First lights. The teams will have completed a maximum of five weeks of training. The first 10 days, dedicated to solo racing. And in the absence of a ministerial order that approves otherwise, the teams in dispute will only have a little less than two weeks (from Monday June 1) to exercise with the entire group . That is, to commemorate the training prior to the pandemic. To even play games and real game situations. Is it long enough?
« These circumstances are forcing us to go faster than would be desirable. I wish we could have more time. The speaker is the head of traumatology for the Spanish team and head of the medical services of Celta de Vigo, Juan José García Cota who reports: "Although these five weeks are sufficient for individual physical preparation, a two-week adaptation phase is short. This is a collective sport. And injury prevention is also about normalizing activity. In other words, make it as real as possible, with full group training and preparation matches. It is the way the body adapts to what you will do next. ”
The Bundesliga was launched after a maximum period of six weeks of training. The revival day ended with 14 injured, 12 of them in the first category. "Hopefully we are wrong, but in Germany there have already been a significant number of muscle injuries, which will be the most frequent," says Cota.
Joint injuries in the crosshairs
"Although you also have to be careful with joint injuries", warns Jordi Ardévol former head of Barcelona's medical services. «There are missing situations similar to the real game, which are those that give you a combination of gestures and movements typical of the sport. This can put your knees at risk. It is not by chance that, on occasions, there is an accumulation of crusader injuries at the beginning of a season », explains the also former president of the Spanish Society of Sports Traumatology.
«And there is a reason», Dr. García Cota intervenes. The body is a coordinated machine. Muscle tone is one of the most important defenses of any joint. And there we include ligaments and menisci. If you have muscle fatigue or a poorly adapted muscle that does not respond quickly to a stimulus, a change of direction, or a support, the joint is at greater risk of injury ».
« Footballers have worked long at home, where the ground is obviously much harder than the grass. You have to see how the joints and ligaments react. I have a lot of respect for these injuries ”, agrees Dani Pastor, physical trainer for Mallorca since taking the position with the team in Segunda B, and with experiences at Zenit Saint Petersburg, Zaragoza, AEK Athens or Sevilla Atlético.
"Spreading 11 days in seven weeks is dangerous"
Although Pastor's concerns do not focus so much on the start date of the competition, but on what will come then. Eleven days will be concentrated in seven weeks. That point is the most troublesome. Even more so for all those teams that are not Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético or Sevilla, with long squads to alternate lineups. It would be important if there were sections without games during the week. More than the state of form with which the players arrive, whose capacity is that of a professional athlete, the problem is to return to compete many times in a short space of time. It can be a trigger for injuries. "
" Spreading 11 days in seven weeks is dangerous. The ideal is not to play every 72 hours, and it will be done », summarizes Dr. García Cota.
And Ardévol ditch: «As much as the footballers have a garden, it has not been possible to do physical maintenance in good condition. Players come from a totally anomalous period. This has nothing to do with a preseason to use. There are also no friendly matches. The deadlines for the return are very fair. Even more so to return in the decisive stretch of the season, at a critical moment and with titles and declines at stake. It is very hasty ».
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