Football is a body contact exercise. Where in the game there is always a touch, a duel and a clash. Football is also not a fist that knows the weight class. In the game, there are 22 players who have the character of posture and physical abilities varied. High-short, slow-paced, strong-weak, nimble-rigid all combined with the different proportions of players owned. This is what makes football a sport with the risk of injury.
The journey of young talent to a top professional football takes a long time and a tortuous process. To be able to deliver the player to that level, the player must be free from injury. Too many examples have players stopped before getting to the top of a career due to injury. At Feyenoord Academy, players are the greatest treasure. Physiotherapy Department Feyenoord Academy is committed to guarding this treasure by providing first class injury prevention and handling.
The handling of this first-class injury is manifested with a vision of providing injury treatment so that players can get back to top fitness as soon as possible responsibly. The meaning of being responsible is not a swift origin, but it goes through a process that suits the player’s abilities. In addition, responsibility also means the handling of injuries without drugs, anti-inflammatory and taping.
Marcel de Geus, is an experienced physiotherapist who has been in this Rotterdam club since 2003 as a Feyenoord 1st Team physiotherapist. In 2008, he was entrusted as Chief Physiotherapist Feyenoord Academy. In doing his job, he was assisted by eight part-time physiotherapists. This allows each day to have at least two or three physiotherapists standing by at the training site. They undertake an injury prevention training program, injury rehabilitation training and injury care.
Their main job at the beginning of the season is to do a series of tests. These tests are conducted to detect injuries as early as possible. In addition, the test will also provide info about the strengths and weaknesses of the muscles of each player. From there then, a physiotherapist with coaches and specialists designing an individual injury prevention program. By doing exercises on weak specific muscles.
The tests include many things. First, players will fill out the POMS (Profile of Mood Statement) questionnaire. From the questionnaire can be extracted information about the complaints of players when performing certain football actions. Second, a series of tests are performed: FMS (Functional Movement Screen), Performance Stability, Optojump, Sprinting 0-30 meters, and of course the Shuttle Run Run (Blip Test). Interestingly, Blip Test is done by Sub-Maximum method, ie all players will stop at level 10 or 12 (depending on age group), then calculated the pulse of Inmotio System. “We are not interested in VO2Max numbers, developments
from time to time is more important, “De Geus said.
Third, the observation of the coach in the execution of football action. Coaches who at any time along with players will always find new information very specific. Therefore, the coach saw players performing football action. Usually from the trainer’s observation then found the specific problems of motion dysfunction or abnormalities in mobility. Suppose ever found a goalie can not raise his forehead as his hands up to reach the ball of air. Questionnaires, tests, and observations are also combined with other considerations. Many situations will naturally have the potential to make the risk of injury to be high. The thing that often happens is puberty. In a period of rapid growth (0.8 cm per month), players will experience a decrease in motion coordination. This is where injuries happen. That’s why Feyenoord Academy always reduces the frequency of training when players undergo this puberty phase.