Turin – Not being able to work much in the team, due to the national diaspora… At Juventus, we (also) work on the staff. Medical and sports staff. After the Juventus crisis began to take shape, sports training and injury management became a very hot, hot and scorching issue. The subject of reflections, inference, and even interventions led to some redefinition of responsibilities and tasks. One name above all (literally above all): the name of Giovanni Andreni. The performance manager has taken on more weight and the role of coordinator and supervisor. Collective, between the purely medical field and the sports field more specifically.
At Juventus, there are questions about what level of intensity should be maintained. A problem has been acknowledged. Massimiliano Allegri demanded that a file be prepared with the number of injuries, the causes of injuries and the number of matches his players missed due to physical problems. It turns out that the number of knockouts is in all the same as last year, but it turns out that managing some situations may not be enough. Chezney’s setbacks, Rabiot’s illnesses, and Di Maria’s frequent downtime come to mind. Here, in fact, is Di Maria: it is one of the most symbolic and thorny cases. On his debut against Sassuolo he had gone onto the field in suboptimal conditions and came out in very poor condition (a low-grade injury to the adductor muscle of the left thigh) and then a new knockout, in Florence, on 3 September.
But interestingly, it is also written in this file that compared to last year, the type of infections has changed. “Last year we had problems with the folds, this year with the close onesWe need to intervene, trying to understand how and why.
Dr. Fabrizio Tincon, Director of Isokinetic Torino and former Doctor and Chief Medical Officer at Juventus, helps us understand the situation. The muscles involved, first of all. “The flexors are the hamstrings, the ones that flex the knee. There are three: the hamstring, semi-tendinous and semi-membranous. On the other hand, the adductor muscle is the inner thigh muscle: in particular, the muscle that is most tense when playing football is the adductor longus.».
Thinking about training and preparation, it can be emphasized that each of the two types of muscle is “in question” through specific types of exercises and movements. “In general, flexors are strongly compressed in shots and especially in extensions. Think of the classic situation where the player runs on the wing, then begins to jump and puts his hand on his thigh. Then he threw himself on the ground. Here, this is a typical case of a flexor injury.” On the other hand, the adductors “are more tense in a change of direction, in individual action: in these cases the thigh is very tense.”».
But ask the doctor: Why is the number of adductor muscle injuries increasing? “Well, in theory, the explanations can be basically two: Too many exercises that emphasize the pubic area of the thigh are performed or not enough preventative exercises are performed at the adductor level. In other words, if you get injured it is either because you have done more than you are willing to do or you have done too little exercise to strengthen the sensitive areas.».
Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann’s phrases at the start of the season, after De Ligt’s first training with the Bavarian team, bring to mind: «Matisse tells me that training has been the hardest in the past four years. At the same time, it was difficult, but not that difficult. I have heard that it is not easy to keep fit in Italy. We have to work hard with him…».
Dr. Tincon, if there is a problem with the low intensity of work, is there a way to intervene? “Yes, but gradually. We definitely couldn’t start again at a very high intensity! With sudden peaks, you risk a lot. The key word is “progress”, if you want to protect the accident situation».