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How do you prepare for participation in a European professional football club, how can I attract the attention of professional coaches in a short time?
PREPARATION FOR FOOTBALL TRIALS
The only thing we know for sure in the world of soccer is that when you rest, the rest will continue to train to become better, in other words, you must prepare better and play better. This is the key to increasing your level.
In the INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY Soccer Inter-Action we know this and provide you with all our resources to make the final step of your football career easier for you, i.e. to reach the premier league of this sport. To achieve this, it is important that young players reach their full potential through our tactical periodization methodology. Thanks to the implementation in our professional football programme, our students will understand the game and adapt to all the demands football makes of them, both on and off the field.
In this way, a new key element appears in training: the environment in which the sport is practised. And there is no better way to prepare for the elite than to play in the football environment, i.e. professional people dedicated to improving the level of students and accommodation whose resources can make it easier for you to reach your full potential, which Soccer Inter-Action makes possible thanks to its TRAINERS – trained and supervised by the prestigious Portuguese club FC Port- and its High Performance Center, where its innumerable resources shine with their own light.
THE LONG-AWAITED TEST IN A PROFESSIONAL CLUB IS APPROACHING.
In OUR PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL ACADEMY, Soccer Inter-Action, we have made it very clear that talent is analysed at the end of training, especially when the young footballer is ready to face one of the great challenges of his sporting career: testing in an elite European club. Therefore, through our professional network, we are looking for a match test in a club according to its level, with which we can see that it can close a gap and direct the attention of its technicians from the first moment, which will be made easier by the preparation that our football player will have had, because one of the cornerstones of Soccer-Inter-Aktion is that our students have been doing the program since their arrival in elite training.
What are the best countries for football trials?
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, England are some of the many countries that have already seen players who have completed our football programmes tested in teams, highlighting in particular the two-time European champion: FC Porto, a club aware of the great potential of this project and involved in its development thanks to the FC Porto Dragon Force Valencia Football School, located in the facilities of our High Performance Centre. LOOK AT THE ARTICLE OF THE BLOG IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE
6 WAYS TO OBTAIN A FOOTBALL TEST 1. Soccer Scouts 2. Football agents 3. Headhunters / Scouts and football campuses 4. E-mail 5. International soccer academies 6. Through a coach You have more developed the information in our article when Puma one of our Mexican players was to try FC Porto.
STAGE OF SD EJEA AT THE HIGH PERFORMANCE FOOTBALL CENTER OF SOCCER INTER-ACTION
The Aragonese team drawn on of their trip to Ontinyent (Valencia) on the occasion of their Second Division B match to rest and concentrate at SIA Center.
The sensational football atmosphere does not stop at Soccer Inter-Action. Our International Soccer Academy and High Performance Center added another outstanding experience with the Stage of Sociedad Deportiva Ejea. This club, which competes in the much-disputed Group III of the Second Division B of Spain, did not hesitate to put itself in the hands of the SIA Center services to play its first match in the Valencian Community.
So, due to his soccer match in El Clariano, stadium of the Ontinyent CF, the players that Guillermo Fernández directs spent much of Sunday in our facilities, his rest being the top priority. In fact, both Management and Staff of the Aragonese entity opted to eat at the restaurant ‘Do Dragao’ of SIA Center to then alternate rest in their respective hotel rooms and massage rooms, entertainment in the multimedia room, table tennis and billiards, and study of the rival in the video-analysis room.
In addition, thanks to this Stage the footballers living in our International Soccer Academy and the members of the FC Porto Dragon Force Football School were able to see first-hand the operation of a professional team and even interact with them, since throughout all the day was played football matches in the elite sports facilities of our High Performance Center, located in Enguera, Valencia (Spain).
Beyond the concentration at SIA Center, it is worth mentioning the performance of the Sociedad Deportiva Ejea against Ontinyent CF. Despite not being able to take to Aragon the three points, the team showed a great image given in defense. However, they could not put the icing on his good performance, something that will certainly try the next match at home against Villarreal B.
What are the best countries for football trials?
That’s the question several aspiring football players ask themselves while preparing to one of the most challenging experiences of their careers. To trial at a professional club.
At Soccer Interaction we understand how important this decision is. Players will have to assess different aspects and each one will have their preferences, but they should never disregard the idiosyncrasies of the country that they are traveling too. Is that country known for giving young football players a chance? Are the clubs giving opportunities to their academy graduates.
CIES – Football Observatory has released a study on the theme and Soccer Interaction International Academy Technical Staff went through the results.
It seems to be more and more obvious that over the past 25 years the trend of cutting regulations, both at a UEFA and National Federations level, has contributed to an increase of non club-trained players in first team squads all over Europe.
If we look over a period of 10 seasons we can see that the percentage of club-trained players has decreased from 23,2% to 18,4%, average. As the study concludes this is highlights both the high mobility of young football players and the lack of incentive for football clubs to keep
their youth talent.
The reality of football clubs currently
At Soccer Interaction we have been discussing this results. It’s very important for an international football academy to understand the trends in youth football development and to design football programs in line with the highest standards. We believe that the current strategy followed by elite clubs is not supported by results and we could even come up with several examples of football clubs who have been very successful on field in recent years with several club-trained players in their squad. Some examples are FC Porto and FC Barcelona, which during their golden period were able to play with several “canteranos” and win at a continental and intercontinetal level.
Soccer Interaction Technical Staff has been delivering professional football programs to aspiring football players from different backgrounds. It becomes quite clear which countries have been putting more efforts on their youth programs and that translates into a higher percentage of club-trained players in the first team squads.
As an example we can look at Spain. Highly regarded as having the best International Football Academies and Club Academies it comes with no surprise that the percentage of club-trained players performing at the highest leve lis well above average.
That doesn’t mean that all countries with a lower percentage of club-trained players in squads have necessarily bad youth programs. In fact Portugal is regarded as one of the countries with best youth programs. The likes of FC Porto, SL Benfica and Sporting CP are known for developing some of the most talented players in the world. 5 times FIFA player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo is a clear example of that and the 2016 European Cup Winners seem to be nurturing more talented players for the next decade, among them Bernardo Silva who is standing out at Guardiola’s citizens.
It’s also interesting to see how a low percentage of club-trained players in squads can affect the National Team’s performance. Italy has the second last worst percentage of club-trained player in squad, among the 31 countries in this study, and it might not be surprising to see that for the first time in 60 years Italy didn’t qualify for a World Cup. It was a shock for most football fans to see Italy out of 2018 World Cup but the lack of opportunities provided to young players in Serie A it’s evident. Even the recently appointed National Coach, Roberto Mancini has expressed concerns in this regard and promised to look out for solutions that can ensure a bright future for Italy’s football performances.
As an International Football Academy that deals with aspiring football players from different backgrounds in a daily basis, Soccer Interaction is committed to develop football players prepared for the demands of elite football and to promote opportunities in line with their profiles. We believe that the tide is shifting, and more and more football players will have their chances of breaking through the ranks and play at a professional level.
To properly advise youth players in this important step of their careers requires a thorough understanding of the football player and the football market and Soccer Interaction International Football Academy has the necessary know how. We prepared to liaise with different stakeholders, from professional football clubs to agents, promoting opportunities to our academy graduates and ensuring that they will have an opportunity to reach their full potential and become successful in a professional football environment.
If you want to know more, read our article “6 Ways to get a football soccer trial or tryout in europe with SIA“
Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid successfully complete their important Stage in Soccer Inter-Action
Three of the most important football clubs in the world have entrusted for the resources of our High Performance Football Center for their U16 reference teams.
Very difficult to finish August in a better way. After a few months of summer full of Campus and Stages, the High Performance Football Center of Soccer Inter-Action completed their preseason with the accommodation of three of the best soccer entities in the world. And it is that the Cadets A of Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid were concentrated during the prestigious Torcaf tournament in our elite sports facilities, something that undoubtedly allowed these three teams to concentrate and prepare to win this competition.
Competition which is one of the most important of the summer. The Torcaf is known for being one of the reference tournament of the category Cadet (U-16) and in this edition the teams that taked part were Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Atletico de Madrid, Valencia CF, Levante UD and UD Alzira. In conclusion, five clubs that are competing in the highest category of Spanish football: The First Division. That is why all glances were on this weekend in these players, so the pressure was maximum. Real Madrid wined the Torcaf after overcomes in the final to Valencia CF (2-0), demonstrates the importance of good planning, where performing a good Stage is key to elite performance.
In fact, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid used all the resources that they want for a complete a great Stage: gymnasium, leisure and rest rooms, video analysis room and personalized menus to meet your needs at the restaurant ‘Do Dragao’ of our High Performance Football Center. All this led to these young stars shining with their own light in the Torcaf, highlighting players like among others Xavi Simons (Barça), David De La Víbora (Real Madrid) or Lucas (Atletico de Madrid).
Beyond the Stage of these three historic European clubs and their players, it is worth mentioning the positive effect that it has had on the soccer players of the International Soccer Academy of Soccer Inter-Action. And it is that all these ‘cracks’ that are forming in SIA Academy shared time, space and opinions (in addition to witnessing the Torcaf final from the front row) with athletes who share the same dream as them: compete in the elite of world football.
Guille Francés has made the first phase of the preseason with the Portuguese club’s at the High Performance Center of Soccer Inter-Action.
The Valencian midfielder Guillermo Francés ‘Guille’, native of Enguera (Valencia), has given in this last week another step in his career and sports training. The young footballer of 18 years of the International Soccer Academy and Soccer School FC Porto Dragon Force Valencia-Enguera already knows what it is to wear the football shirt of one of the most important clubs in Europe: FC Porto.
In this way Guille has been an active part of the staff of FC Porto B, led by a Rui Barros, coach who did not hesitate to integrate it into the team and see how it had evolved since the last time they saw him in the facilities of the Portuguese club’s. In fact, the Enguera midfielder played the first friendly, entering to the field in the second half of the exciting match against Ontinyent CF. The player did not shy at any time and since its entry could be seen its great adaptation, success achieved thanks to the methodology implemented in SIA Academy, based on the Tactical Periodization, that is, the one developed by the Portuguese entity. It should be noted that this methodology want the protagonism with the ball and the intense pressure after loss of the ball.
For all this, this young Valencian promise, is another of the names that join the list of players of the Academy that have been tested in professional clubs, thus giving another step in his dream of reaching the elite of the football. However, there is still a long way to go and therefore completing football training is vital for these promises, being our International Soccer Academy and our High Performance Football Center two references in Spain for it.
Photos of Guille’s debut
Video of Guille’s debut
The subsidiary of the Spanish team has completed the first part of its preseason at the Center of High Performance of SIA
It’s time to get fit. The 2018/2019 season is just around the corner and professional teams do not waste time with their preparation. That is why FC Porto ‘B’ has spent the whole week in the hands of Soccer Inter-Action to perform the first part of its intense preseason. The Portuguese entity has completed a seven-day Stage in which not everything has been training at the Center of High Performance of SIA.
In fact, rest and physical recovery have been fundamental pillars in his Stage, so the leisure and massage services of SIA Center have shone through their own light. Ping Pong tournaments, video games, basketball, streaming games, bike rides and even swimming in the lake have been the most successful activities for the combined portista. However, beyond leisure, soccer has been the protagonist thanks to the morning and evening training in the impeccable field of natural grass.
On this field of play the pupils of Rui Barros have put into practice the methodology also used in the International Soccer Academy of Soccer Inter-Action and in the Football School FC Porto Dragon Force Valencia-Enguera. This has made it possible for the players of SIA Academy and the young Stars of the School to share space, time and advice from professional players, who have also interacted with them through Clinics.
Finally, the FC Porto ‘B’ has been measured to two Valencian teams of Second Division B to test their great level. The first friendly match was won loosely by five goals to one to Ontinyent while the second was against Villarreal ‘B’ and ended with the result of 1 to 3 goals.
Photos of FC Porto stage
Starting the Summer Goalkeeper Campus in Soccer Inter-Action
The young goalkeepers registered to the Summer Campus are enjoying specialized training in enhancing and improving their characteristics
Week to remember what the future Goalkeepers of elite football are experiencing. Since last Monday, football players from different countries and ages have been staying at the High Performance Center of Soccer Inter-Action – located in Enguera, Valencia – with the aim of growing as a soccer player, with goalkeepers playing a leading role on the pitch.
And it is that SIA and its soccer school FC Porto Dragon Force Valencia-Enguera do not spare in efforts at the time of enhancing the characteristics of the young promises and have organized within the Summer Campus a special goalkeepers coordinated by one of the technicians of our Football School and International Soccer Academy dedicated in depth to the improvement of the goalkeepers: José Luis Perales ‘Portu’. That is why these children can enjoy even more of what they like, protect the goal of the shots of their rivals and show that they can make a name for themselves in the elite.
Title already in posetion of FC Porto B goalkeepers, who despite their youth are already professionals and are knocking on the doors of the first team. Two of them (Mouhamed Mbaye and Ricardo Silva), who are doing the preseason in our unbeatable sports facilities, have shared their experience and their time with those enrolled in the Campus. This interaction, coordinated by the goalkeeping coach of the FC Porto subsidiary and by the technical coordinator of our Football School António Gouveia, has been a success. In fact, once the typical nerves of the young goalkeepers are finished, the smiles and the motivation of wanting to prove their worth have shined with their own light and they have even been able to see great stops and class with the ball on their feet.
Photos of Goalkeeper Campus
SIA concludes the Summer Football Camp in Norway with resounding success
The technicians of our International Soccer Academy moved to Oslo to continue enhancing the skills of young Nordic promises.
Intense week with a lot of football that have passed the aspiring professional footballers of Norsk Fotballakademi. And it is that from Soccer Inter-Action we made our services available to this Football Academy located in Oslo (Norway) to help as much as possible the development of future soccer promises in this country. That is why Antonio Gouveia and Liliana Davis, coordinator of the Dragon Force Valencia-Enguera Football School and deputy coordinator of this entity, have traveled as representatives and spokespersons for the values of SIA and FC Porto. It should be remembered that the Portuguese club is one of the most important and laureate European and world football scene.
In this way, the methodology taught in our High Performance Football Center was the great standard bearer of this week’s Summer Camp in Norway. In fact, the technical training and the exhibitions about the operation of the Portuguese club have shone with their own light and surprised very positively to those present, both technicians of the Norsk Fotballakademi as parents, mothers and soccer players participating in this Camp. It is also important to point out that the good weather that has taken place in recent days has encouraged the players to make the most of them, creating a perfect environment for playing football.
This educational experience is not the first carried out by Soccer Inter-Action in Nordic lands since last summer our technicians from the International Football Academy also traveled there, as it has happened today. In addition, players belonging to this Norwegian sports entity have been training and developing their full potential in our High Performance Football Center located in Enguera, Valencia (Spain).
Parallel to this Camp, in our sports facilities we are also living an exciting month in terms of football. In fact, these days we are immersed in another week of High Performance Tecnification Clinic and we expect an incredible end of the month. And the next two weeks we will celebrate our Summer Camp and in this will be FC Porto B players, who will be part of their demanding preseason in SIA.
Photos of camp
Women’s Football Tournament at the Soccer Inter-Action High Performance Sports Center
The CDFB l’Eliana won the ‘Infantil-Cadete’ women’s tournament organized by our Football School FC Porto Dragon Force Valencia-Enguera.
Five teams and something more than a simple tournament in play. Women’s football is gaining importance everyday that passes and this new situation is seen in Soccer Inter-Action. Our Football School FC Porto Dragon Force Valencia-Enguera had the pleasure of organizing an exciting and high-potential championship. With the female team Infantil-Cadete as representative of our entity, the young players gave their all on the different playing fields (natural and artificial turf) of the Sports Excellence Center. In fact, since the first match played in the sports facilities located in Enguera it was possible to see that every time the level and demand is higher in women’s sport.
That is why Soccer Inter-Action has put the spotlight on promoting and we are trying to help in everything necessary to improve the future of this soccer players. This decided commitment to women’s soccer has been seen perfectly throughout this 2017/2018 sports course thanks to the passage of different international teams through the SIA Center. Our High Performance Footaball Center has hosted first class entities such as, among others, the Austrian Sportverein Neulengbach and the Grasshopper Club Zurich, swiss team. These international teams, in addition to performing their corresponding personalized Stage in SIA Center, also had time to enjoy the sensational Valencian climate, something that led to numerous encounters with the players of our International Soccer Academy and Football School beyond the playing fields.
In conclusion, last weekend the Sports Center of Excellence located in Enguera (Valencia, Spain) was the epicenter of an important event that will soon repeat itself. The five teams were an example of effort and finished the one-day championship with the satisfaction of having shown that their sports career has just begun. You can not miss the best photos of the tournament.
Photos of the tournament
The medical examination of the athlete should represent the first aspect of the athlete’s cardiovascular evaluation and should never be forgotten or underestimated. It should always include a correct interview and medical history.
The purose of cardiovascular recognition should be to assess fitness and competence for physical exercise or sport and to determine the presence of diseases that pose a risk or are likely to be aggravated by sport. On the other hand, recognition should always take into account the age and type of exercise, as well as the physical and competitive level of the individual, as this will greatly condition the assessment.
In 1996 the American Heart Association (AHA) first established a recommendation for a pre-participation cardiovascular study in sports competitions, considering that it is justified from an ethical, legal and medical point of view.
In Europe, the longest experience is the Italian experience, which since 1982 has established by law the need for recognition and certification of not suffering from cardiovascular disease in order to be admitted to any official sports competition. Based on the Italian experience, in 2004 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) adopted this strategy in its competitions and in 2005 the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) made a consensus recommendation on the need to carry out this recognition systematically in young sportsmen and women participating in organized competitions. This recognition should begin no later than age 12 and should be repeated regularly at least every 2 years. However, there is still great heterogeneity in their implementation, and few countries have implemented them systematically at all levels of competition and not only among elite athletes. These exceptions are Italy, the United States, Israel or Japan.
There are two modalities of recognition; the basic one that includes the clinical interview, the physical examination and the echocardiogram, and that is the minimum that every individual should do before participating in sports competitions; and the complete one that includes complementary tests such as the stress test and the echocardiogram, and that allows to evaluate in an integral way the cardiovascular situation of the athlete.
WHAT CAN A CARDIAC EXAMINATION CONTRIBUTE TO MY HEALTH?
First, through clinical interview (personal and family history, symptoms with exercise) and physical examination (inspection, auscultation), the presence of certain diseases that pose a risk to the practice of sports can be ruled out.
Secondly, an electrocardiogram is performed at rest. This simple test can rule out potentially dangerous diseases (cardiomyopathies, long QT, heart block).
Third, during the stress test (or ergo-spirometry), the heart rate and blood pressure are monitored. The test can rule out arrhythmias with exertion or ischemic heart disease (insufficient irrigation of the heart muscle during exercise).
Finally, echocardiography is a technique that uses ultrasound to visualize the heart in motion. By reproducing its heartbeat, the circulation of blood through the different chambers and blood vessels is observed. Provides information on the shape, size, strength of the heart, wall thickness and function of your valves.
The fact that the test is carried out correctly and no anomaly is detected does not guarantee 100% the possibility of suffering any cardiac event during sport. However, the vast majority of cases can be avoided. It should be remembered that the examination takes place in a cardio-protected (clinical) environment and does not take into account the environmental conditions of the sport, such as temperature or humidity, lack of rest, or the athlete’s obstinacy in finishing a competition even if he or she is not in a position to do so.
STRESS TEST WITH GAS CONSUMPTION OR ERGO-SPIROMETRY
What is the stress test with gas consumption?
The stress test or ergo-spirometry is a maximum test, that is to say, it lasts until the athlete reaches the maximum possible effort. This is not to say that it should be extended to exhaustion, but that we will rely on gasometric criteria that indicate that the maximum effort has been reached and the test can be interrupted.
Ergospirometry provides information on the response of the cardiocirculatory and respiratory systems to stress.
On the one hand, continuous ECG monitoring during exercise allows us to check the increase in heart rate during the different phases of exercise, as well as detect abnormal responses such as the appearance of arrhythmias or signs of ischemia (lack of risk) in the heart. In addition, during the post-exercise recovery phase it is verified that the return to calm is carried out in a correct way. This, without forgetting that repeated measurements of blood pressure during exercise allow us to rule out an abnormal hypertensive response during exercise that could put the athlete at risk.
On the other hand, the analysis of gas consumption provides us with information on the function of the respiratory system and energy metabolism at the muscular level. To understand it better, we must know what it is that allows us to measure this test.
What should I know about the stress test and its results?
The three main parameters extracted from the ergo-spirometry are the maximum oxygen consumption or VO2max, and the metabolic thresholds. The VT1 or aerobic threshold and the VT2 or anaerobic threshold.
The VO2max is a genetically determined parameter that provides us with information on the aerobic power of the body, that is, the maximum capacity of the body to capture oxygen from the air, transport it through the blood to the muscles and use it to metabolize carbohydrates and fats. Its values are expressed in ml/kg/min, so that in overweight people, it will appear decreased.
VO2max cannot be improved once the maximum for which an individual is genetically predisposed is reached. If you start from sedentariness, the VO2max will increase as the athlete improves the level of training to reach that theoretical maximum value.
The VO2max is the most important parameter in exercise physiology, as it represents the integrated functioning of all the apparatus and systems (respiratory, circulatory, locomotor) involved in the response to exercise. Those sportspeople with endurance and long-distance sports (cycling, long-distance running, cross-country skiing, etc.) are the ones who reach the highest values.
The VT1 or aerobic threshold is the parameter that tells us when the carbohydrate metabolism begins in order to obtain energy. Below this threshold, energy metabolism is based on fat consumption. Its development is especially important for endurance sports. It is usually trained at the beginning of the season, during the filming phase. This requires continuous extensive training (running, flattening…) at low pulsation. Ideally, it should be around 65-75% of the maximum heart rate.
The VT2 or anaerobic threshold is the highest effort intensity that an athlete can maintain consistently over a relatively long period of time. It is the highest level of exercise you can develop in a sustained way without fainting. Therefore, it is the data that best defines an athlete’s fitness status. To develop it, the competitive athlete can use both continuous intensive training and extensive intervallic training.
Above this threshold, the athlete is no longer able to adequately “clean” the lactic acid (lactate) that his muscles make from the blood to produce energy (all the extra energy he needs and that the metabolism with oxygen can no longer provide). Lactate builds up in the blood, lowering the pH and causing muscle fatigue and exhaustion.
In recreational sports or healthy sports, it is not recommended to train above this threshold, as it generates a hemodynamic and metabolic situation (acidosis, hypotension) that can put health at risk if you are not properly adapted.
What can the results of ergospirometry contribute to sports practice?
The most important information that can be provided to the athlete is the heart rate at which they reach the various thresholds. With this information the athlete or his or her trainer, if he or she has it, can properly plan the training to adapt it to specific objectives.
There is one more peculiarity to remember, and that is that the information obtained depends on the type of test performed. The same athlete will not get the same values for VO2max or thresholds if he does the treadmill or bicycle test. This is because the muscle groups that work in each exercise are not the same. Generally speaking, and taking the treadmill stroke as a reference, the heart rate values obtained for each threshold should be adjusted:
- Rowing: – 5 beats
- Cycling: – 10 beats
- Swimming: – 15 beats
With the knowledge of the heart rate for each threshold the 5 training zones can be established.
What is the echocardiogram for?
The data obtained from this examination provide us with more complete information on the state of the vascular and circulatory system, which allows us to detect cardiac alterations that usually go unnoticed in a physical examination or with an electrocardiogram, thus helping to prevent sudden death.
Who should do it to the player, the ecodoppler?
The echocardiogram is one of the scans to be performed as part of a complete (not basic) cardiac examination. A full examination is recommended to:
- Athletes with suspected heart disease or family history of sudden death.
- Athletes under 35 years of age
- Athletes of any age who play high intensity sports. As the players of the Soccer Inter-Action High Performance Centre football academy.
- Athletes who require guidance on the pace of competition or training
For the first group, an echocardiogram is practically mandatory to exclude the existence of heart disease that can cause sudden death.
In the second and third groups, although it is not a mandatory test, it is recommended to do it at least once in your lifetime. Intense training can cause changes in the heart and sometimes heart problems develop that can only be detected with an echocardiogram. It is therefore a highly recommended test when training and participating in competitions, either professionally or popularly. In people over 35 years of age, it can detect structural changes caused by continued sports practice or diseases such as high blood pressure.
If I’ve already taken a stress test, isn’t that enough?
If you have already had a stress test with gas consumption, we congratulate you. Now you know how your body responds to physical exercise, how hard you work out, how hard you start to build up lactate, and how hard you have to keep up to avoid fatigue. And above all, that your cardiovascular system is healthy and fit for exercise. However, you should know that your cardiac examination is not complete.
Some heart diseases may not show up on a stress test while they already have changes in the structure of the heart. With the echocardiogram you can be sure that your cardiovascular system has been studied in detail and there are no current or potential problems in the future.
And if I get all the tests done, nothing can happen to me anymore, can it?
But remember, the fact that the tests performed are normal, and no abnormalities are detected does not guarantee 100% the possibility of suffering any cardiac event during sport. However, it is possible to avoid the vast majority (>95%) of cases, which provides great security.
It should be remembered, once again, that the tests are conducted in a cardio-protected environment and cannot replicate the athlete’s specific environmental conditions or physical and emotional situation on the day of the competition.
And remember, what is really important in sport is not to reach goals or to exceed them more and more, but to enjoy every day while you practice it. Enjoy it safely and stay healthy and happy.
Dr. Josep Lluís Melero Ferrer
Sports Cardiologist of Clinica Jaime I de Catarroja
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