Mechanobolic Factors


I like Roberto’s website for some innovative approaches to soccer, but let’s drill down further. My problem with fitness coaches is that they focus way too much on GPS and HR data, when the reality is we don’t have a problem with managing athletes with energy systems as much as we do with speed and power demands while handing the duration of matches on the pitch. Two nearly mutually exclusive combinations is a dangerous mix, but the risks are not physiological as much as it is mechanical. When elite soccer athletes get hurt, it’s injury to a joint or muscle, as nobody injuries metabolic pathways. I never look for someone to pull an anaerobic threshold or ruptures a glycogen store. Sometimes people will fatigue, but those issues creep up and bite you later. How many people get hurt early in the match still? Mechanical load is no longer estimated with some new technologies coming out of Austria instead of accelerometers and GPS nonsense.
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Carl Valle

Carl Valle

Track & Field Coach
Carl is an expert coach who has produced champions in swimming, track and numerous other sports. He is one of the foremost experts in the fields of nutrition and restoration.
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