Barcelona, like the rest of the teams in Spain, are trying to keep their players in tip-top shape during this current coronavirus-related quarantine.

Antonio Gomez and Andres Martin, two of Barcelona's fitness coaches, have explained the methods behind the work they have given the players.

The objective of the program they have been given is not only to avoid a drop off in terms of their preparation, but also to maintain the previous workload so that, if football gets back underway in the near future, the players can return in good condition.

In addition, the Barcelona squad are having their weight monitored in order to avoid an increase in their percentage of fat.

Both Gomez and Martin are in daily contact with the players and they have total control over these matters.

"Despite the fact that as a society we were not very aware of the relevance and the measures that were going to be taken, we at the club tried to anticipate and develop a plan for each player that tries to simulate the work done in a regular week," Gomez said.

"The workload dynamic is very similar to our usual micro-cycle.

"We set up two workload peaks, one in the middle and one at the end of the week that simulate weeks where we have two games, and one day off."

"Endurance sessions are done on a stationary bike or treadmill," Martin explained.

"The aim is for the players to perform intervallic work where they reach speeds and heart rates that can simulate competition.

"As they cannot go outside and we cannot analyse GPS data, after each training session they send us the PES (perceived effort scale), the distance and the race pace in order to analyse the workload and thus be able to make modifications according to it."

When discussing the players effort, the results of Gomez and Martin's work seems to be bearing fruit.

"The players are reporting slightly higher values (7-8 with respect to the average session of 5.5), which may be related to heat stress, since the sessions are held indoors and the body is not able to dissipate the heat as effectively as it does outdoors," Martin and Gomez noted.

"[This is due to the] the mechanical stress generated by exercises to which they are not so accustomed, coupled with the emotional burden of not being able to leave the house and with the non-specificity of the exercise."

Sezione: Primer equipo / Data: Jue 26 Marzo 2020 a las 03:00 / Fuente: Marca
Autore: Stefano Bentivogli
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