Sports medicine specialists warn of the danger of injuries after the World Cup

The executive director of the ‘Professional Sport Team’a group of doctors at the highest level of the FIFA Center of Excellence Ripoll and De Pradoand former head of Sevilla’s medical services, doctor Juan José Jiménez, has warned of the high risk of injury in the return of the league competition for those players who have participated and reached the last stages of the past world of football.

In statements to Efe, Jiménez, who coordinates a team of specialists including the Spanish Pedro Luis Ripoll, Mariano de PradoThe dutch Nick van Dyke or the finnish Lasse Lempainenamong others, recalled that the World Cup players will resume the league “with many minutes and high intensity in the legs after having played games that have demanded great physical and emotional exhaustion.”

“These players, in the short term, they won’t have too many problems because they arrive in good shape, but, as the competition progresses, they will have a increased risk of injury than those who have had rest, ”Jiménez warned.

In this sense, Jiménez assured that the footballers who have not suffered wear and tear of the World Cup have been able to do a kind of preseason and “they will need some time to acquire the rhythm of competitionso in the medium and long term they will have less chance of injury than those who come from the World Cup”.

“Their risk will be in the short term if they want adapting too quickly to a high rate”, added Jiménez, who recalled that unlike what happens in summer The players are going to resume the competition “with urgency and demands”. “Here you don’t start from scratch. There are teams with maximum needs that have a lot at stake from the start,” he warned.
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For this reason, the director of the ‘Professional Sport Team’ considers “vital” that there is “communication and coordination” between “players, technical staff and medical staff of clubs and national teams” to carry out “individualized preventive plans”.

“Es essential to quantify workloads in a more detailed way and this will require significant monitoring of the players with the highest risk of injury”, argued Jiménez.

The doctor added that the players are increasingly “more aware and more professional”for which they are the first to know, detect and alert of the alarm signals issued by their body.

“Las muscle injuries will be the ones with the highest incidence consequence of fatigue or inadequate preparation. The load of matches entails a high risk factor”, details the doctor, who reiterates that the best way to prevent them is with “communication between the player and the medical services and adjusting the workloads when fatigue is detected”.

“Because when an organism enters into physical fatigue, it does so not only at the muscular level, but also in its tendons or ligaments of a kneefor example, and that can affect joint injuries”, he warned.

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