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Preparatory season contains science and technology – Web Vôlei

Preparatory season contains science and technology – Web Vôlei

Renata volleyball team undergoes isokinetic strength assessment and new tests are on the way; team plays Paulista and Superliga in 2024/25

The Technical Committee of Vôlei Renata, supported by the Faculty of Physical Education of Unicamp, seeks to conduct a pre-season with the help of science and technology. The isokinetic strength assessment was one of the first activities that the new squad of Campinas (SP) underwent during the pre-season.

Libero Lokinaha Opposite Davy, Cristiano Ronaldo Midfielder Leo, who trains with Campinas, underwent a strength test that could point to important paths of work for the technical committee Foli Renata.

“At the beginning of the season we do some assessments such as isokinetics, which is to see how well the athletes balance their muscles. We did it, first of all, on our knees, which gives us an idea of ​​the balance of strength between the right and left legs and between the quadriceps and the hamstrings of the same leg,” commented Fula Renata’s physical trainer, João Carlos Bastos.

“This is an important indicator to prevent potential injuries because the greater the muscle imbalance, the greater the likelihood of an athlete being injured,” he added. “So this assessment is a guide for us and a way to adjust the muscle balance so that they can have a healthy season without injuries and absences from training and matches.”

The isokinetic assessment will be carried out again in October, after the end of the Paulista Championship, with the presence of athletes who work for their national teams. In this way, with all the athletes, the coaching staff can collect data to use in planning group training.

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The physical trainer João Carlos Bastos will also have a platform for vertical tests available during the season. Through it, the Vôlei Renata Technical Committee can evaluate, among other things, the physical wear and tear of the athletes at specific periods of the season.

The tests also have an academic purpose, as they are carried out by students from the Postgraduate Programme in Physical Education at FEF/UNICAMP and the Study and Research Group on Theory and Methodology of Sports Training (GTMTD), led by Professor João Paulo Borin. The data collected and the results during the tests are used in the classes and theses developed by the team.

“Bringing theory and practice closer together is essential. Sports science needs this union, of problems that come from the practical field so that we (academics) can find solutions in the theoretical field or identify paths. Of course, there is no absolute truth, but you can find ways to solve it. And since the technology we have is advanced and can help with this approach, I see us being partners, fundamentally, in the care that athletes need today to give their best,” adds Professor Boren.

– Through research projects, which include the scientific process, methodological rigor, students, athletes and all professionals from different fields who participate in the preparation, we offer athletes ways to achieve high sports performance. This is what I believe, similar to what the research group and faculty members have worked on. In this collective matter, everyone respects their expertise for the benefit of sports, so that we can improve this public-private partnership over time. He concludes that in this way, we believe that academia can contribute to improving performance.

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