Friday, 27 March 2009

Medical: Every player has individual training diary

author: Jesús Carrillo
date: 26 March 2009

This season, Barça players are being told to write everything they do while they are with their national squads. Apart from training and the matches themselves, FC Barcelona’s internationals are keeping a detailed dairy of all the exercises they are doing away from the club.

The players have to indicate the length of time spent training, whether the session is focussed on fitness or tactics, how long they spend on the pitch and how long in the gym, etcetera. They also have to give similar details on the training matches they take part in.

The idea is to keep Barça’s fitness coaches fully informed of the players’ training activities away from the Camp Nou. On the players’ return from international duty, the coaches will adjust their training programmes to take into account the work the players have done while with the nation squads. After eight months of competitive football, the coaches need to know every last detail in order to keep the players in top shape.

These new practices are not only being applied to the internationals. As Rafa Márquez admitted at last Tuesday’s press conference, every player has an individualised training plan in addition to the collective training done by every member of the squad, the main aim being to prevent injuries. Each player also has an individual nutrition plan, depending on weight, workload and the specific traits of each player.

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