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Sergio Llana, head of sport analytics at FC Barcelona, has described how the club has been adapting new technologies and methods of analysis to its operation. Today, although there is data coming from external companies, Barça applies algorithms to them that have been developed “handcraftedly” in the house to be able to obtain specific information about the club’s specific needs.
The evolution of women’s football has been accompanied by changes in body composition. Players are increasingly stronger. Mireia Porta and Dr Antonia Lizarraga, from FC Barcelona nutrition department, have analysed the physical changes that players have undergone in recent seasons.
On a break while preparing their Champions League match against Hoffenheim, the coach of the female FC Barcelona, Jonathan Giráldez, and the players Alexia Putellas and Marta Torrejón have connected with the 5th edition of the Sports Tomorrow Congress of the Barça Innovation Hub on the day dedicated to methodology to explain how they face the most difficult challenge that may exist in the sports competitions: to continue winning after the season.
The profile of women’s football is currently rising rapidly, which is helping to boost women’s sport in general. According to Dr Ian Rollo (Gatorade Sports Science Institute), this phenomenon is a resurgence, as in the first decade of the 20th century, women’s football matches attracting more than 55,000 spectators were played in England.
Retirement is one of the biggest problems affecting professional female athletes. The salary gap that the female sections suffer does not allow the same proportion of women to finish their career with a secured or resolved future.
Sports performance is largely determined by the ability of medical and technical staff to reduce the risk of injury to players and, when they occur, to manage them in the best way possible. Are there differences between men and women when creating a rehabilitation programme?
Albert Mundet, director of the Barça Innovation Hub, presented the V edition of the Sports Tomorrow Congress, reminding that it is essential to promote the culture of collaboration in the sporting field. These conferences are used to learn about the trends that will transform the world of sports. And this year the central theme of all of them will revolve around the greatest revolution that contemporary sports has known: the incorporation of women into professional categories that were practically reserved for men.
Within the framework of the Sports Tomorrow Congress, Dr. Eva Ferrer, physician of the first female team of the FC Barcelona, and Dr. Gil Rodas, physician in charge of Barça Innovation Hub, they have presented a unique event dedicated to the advancement of the knowledge of female sports.