FC BarcelonaFootball Science Institute experts answer in MARCA
Vis the difference of 9 days off between26 of Barça and 17 of Madrid Since July 28, it is worth asking which formula is more recommended for players, if more free or working days. Several experts fromFSI(Football Science Institute, a global platform of professionals, academics and experts dedicated to the promotion of sports science for football development), among which areMartin Buchheit(PSG),Jack nyler(Celtic Glasgow) orBernardo Requena(ex Real Madrid), respond inBRANDissues arising from the relationship between rest and training.
Question. Is there any number of rest days recommended for elite teams such as Madrid or Barça in the middle of the season, either per week or per month?
R.There is no concrete described number of days off. What is evident is that rest should be established at the individual level and not in group terms. In a period of two weekly games like the ones we currently live in the same team there are players who play 8-9 games per month and instead there are others who do not play any minute. Therefore, rest must be established in individual terms and not in groups. The 2 days after the game are recovery, but where you recover better and with more means is in the club premises. You should only take one of these days off for mental reasons or group dynamics. As a general rule, the days off of any elite athlete should be only occasional, and usually linked to a mental break after a period of much competitive or training stress.
P. Barça and Madrid have a difference of 9 days off, seven if we discount the days off in the stops. What is better?
R.It is not possible to define which situation is better or worse. There are many variables involved that we do not know in order to establish a reasoned judgment. On the one hand, it is better to train, designing the recovery or training sessions according to the individual load of matches and training of the players. On the other hand, the inclusion of group rest days allows the player to disconnect from the daily routine. To this we must add that the majority of players of these teams have their own facilities or attend the club's facilities individually in which to carry out personal training or recovery sessions that make the analysis even more complex.
Q. When is it better to give the day off, just after the game or after a recovery session?
R.In general, the post-match day is ideal to facilitate recovery at the club's premises of the players who played and to train with those who did not play at the start. With this, the second post-match day would be the most suitable for introducing a day of rest or non-compulsory assistance to the facilities. However, in these teams there may be situations that make it easier to include rest on the post-match day. For example, in games played outside in Europe where players arrive at their homes at dawn. In these cases you can take a rest on the post-game day or recovery sessions are done in the afternoon to facilitate the rest of the players.
P. Piqué has had 26 days off in the last 15 weeks. Is it a high figure?
A. That they have been days off in your club does not mean that you have not trained individually. We do not know their activity on days off and therefore a value judgment cannot be established. What is clear is that his lack of participation in the Spanish team clearly reduces his exposure to the elite competition and the elements associated with the same stress / fatigue generators such as trips and concentrations.
P. The difference of rest between a Barça and Madrid international is seven days. Is it a good figure?
R.There is no available evidence on the optimal number of days off, but we do know that it is crucial to optimize the training loads and the recovery of the players on the right days. Mental rest is also necessary. The calendars of these great teams extend for almost eleven months and the inclusion of days of no work attendance is essential for the mental regeneration of the players.
Q. Is it advisable to cancel a planned day off due to a bad result?
R. There is no evidence that this practice improves the motivation of the player for the next game, and also reflects a lack of rigor in planning. We believe that it is not a practice that should be done frequently.
FSI consists of the following professionals: Aaron Coutts, Adam Owen, Alberto Méndez-Villanueva, Alfredo Santalla, Bernardo Requena, Cristina Fink, Chris Carling, David Behm, David Joyce, Fabio Nakamura, Franco Impellizzeri, Gari Fullaondo, Igor Jukic, Irineu Loturco, Jack Nayler, Jean B. Morin, Jesús Olmo, Luis Suárez-Arrones, Luka Milanovic, Mark Russell, Martin Buchheit, Rob Duffield, Yann Le Meur and Keith Barr.
. (tagsToTranslate) FC Barcelona (t) Real Madrid (t) First Division