THE ROLE OF NUTRITION IN ELITE SPORTS
Nutrition should help optimise everyone’s health, but for athletes also optimises performance and it is a key component for reaching one’s maximum physical development.
Monitoring physical and psychological response to training and competition loads in our athletes so as to prevent and better predict injury risk situations.
Creation of personalized nutritional products that improve the well-being and performance of athletes at every moment of the season, be it in training or competition.
Improvements in injury diagnosis and prognosis through medical technologies like bioimpedance, high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasounds.
Improvement and development of new therapies like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells for more efficient recovery and fewer relapses.
The technology we're developing ranges from virtual reality to shorten recovery periods to computer vision for functional biomechanical analysis.
Development of complex multidisciplinary protocols for calculating the time needed to return to training after an illness or a sports injury.
In such a competitive world, with a greater volume and intensity of trainings and matches, we have to nurture and protect the overall health of our players and teams. Understanding the risk factors for suffering specific illnesses or sports injuries allows us to minimize their impact and contribute to individual and team performance.
Our area uses sports medicine, physiotherapy and nutrition to research and develop cutting-edge solutions to improve our four pillars of action: prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and (return-to-play). (both in training and competition).
In particular, we focus on muscle and tendon injuries, which are the most frequently-occurring in team sports, and anterior cruciate ligament injuries, due to their importance in terms of downtime and in young players.
An article published in The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine —in which members of the club’s medical services participated— now suggests to consider the detailed structure of the area affected, and treating the extracellular matrix as an essential player in the prognosis of the injury.