The best medical specialists at the service of the football academy, the football school and the first team of the third division.
The football sector already recognises Soccer Inter-Action as a top class sporting project. Has managed a football school certified in ISO standards (FCPorto Dragon Force), satellite in Spain of one of the biggest clubs in Europe (FC Porto), an international football academy with 25 nationalities with excellent facilities and its own methodology. SIA manages a Club recently returned to the Third Division UD SIA Beniganim all formed by young U-23. The entity wants to professionalize all areas with the aim of being able to have their teams, sooner rather than later in professional football.
One of the most important departments or areas for a football club is the area of medical services. This season, SIA has a team of 11 top professionals with the aim of providing first team and academy players with the best and fastest medical services both in their day-to-day lives and when they unfortunately sustain a sports injury.
The role of the medical sector in football has become crucial in the modern game, and SIA wants to make its own vital contribution in the area of medicine and sports science. All SIA’s medical projects will be managed by the new health unit, which is composed of medical and health professionals linked to the world of football. Specialists in traumatology, orthopaedics, cardiology, sports medicine, occupational medicine, physical training, physiotherapy, podiatry, nutrition, sports psychology.
Minimum medical requirements in competition
The FFCV (Football Federation of the Valencian Community) has specific medical requirements at competitive matches from the start of the 2019/20 season, to ensure that match hosts offer players and team and match officials a minimum standard of medical equipment and services to deal with accidents that could endanger life or cause permanent injury. Soccer Inter-Action exceeds all requirements both in preventive examinations and in the matches it plays in the third tier of the League.
This year the sports facility has also been equipped as a cardio-protected safe space and a fully equipped medical and physiotherapy clinic is available in the High Performance Centre.
Medical examination of football players
The FFCV medical regulations specify a prior medical assessment process that determines which players are committed to their participation in football competitions. Also this year the ECG (electrocardiogram) has been incorporated as a requirement. However, the testing and examination of players still needs to be improved.
SIA performs gas stress tests on all UD SIA Beniganim players and players over 16 years of age from the academy. A full medical examination is carried out on all players with electrocardiogram of the football school who participate in our camps.
Our complete medical examination includes medical examination or anamnesis, somato-anthropometry, which consists of taking body measurements (height, weight, skinfold) to determine the physical condition of the player and to be able to make individualised training and nutrition plans specific to each case, echocardiogram, ergometry (stress test), chest X-ray (Rx) and urine and blood analysis. In this way we try to prevent the future appearance of problems such as cardiac pathology.
UEFA’s anti-doping programme involves regular unannounced testing of urine and blood outside and inside competitions. The tests include the detection of substances that are on the anti-doping prohibited list: EPO and human growth hormone are two such substances. Samples are collected by designated physicians and analysed in WADA-accredited laboratories. Although not mandatory at grassroots level, SIA performs regular testing of its players.
At the beginning of the season, a questionnaire must be submitted to AEPSAD (Spanish Agency for the Health of the Athlete), completed and signed by all players, area staff and medical department staff, confirming that they have received doping talks.
Soccer Inter-Action brings together experts from clubs, federations and the wider football family to review and discuss important medical issues in football, such as injury prevention, sports medicine, women’s and youth football, and current and future developments in football medicine. The last congress took place in our facilities
Sports Injuries Studies
The medical services together with physical trainers, physiotherapists and coaches provide an unprecedented historical archive of data on specific football injuries of our players. It starts with data collection through gas ergonometry (gas stress test) and medical examination of players.
This data provides vital information to our club, federations and the scientific community in general about injury patterns, their risks, the likely prevalence of certain types of injuries and the waiting time to return to action. Subsequently, using GPS technology, all incidents are completed. At the end, the health model used is validated.
In collaboration with the physical trainer and physiotherapists, muscular conditioning, aerobic and anaerobic capacity are assessed. The muscular characteristics of each player are also assessed in order to determine the most suitable physical exercises to achieve maximum muscular power, resistance and elasticity, avoiding muscular injuries or muscular exhaustion.
How do our physical trainers and physiotherapists work?
To summarise our way of working, the first thing we do is to assess the athletes with functional testing, injury risk factors, ranges of motion, muscle shortening and weaknesses, technique when running with / without the ball, making changes of direction and performing typical actions that occur on the field of play.
We make an assessment of the performance, to know the initial state of the subject’s form, together with the anthropometric reports that the nutritionist sends us, and the records that we have to take with the coaches.
we design the planning to optimise their performance and reduce the risk of injury, all of this will be in accordance with what our coaches want from each player and within their game model, since the ultimate goal will be to ensure that they have the conditional support to respond to our demands.
Football Medical Education Programme
We have launched an education and training programme for doctors, coaches, trainers and physical trainers. The programme covers emergency treatment techniques, injury management, anti-doping and the role of the doctor in football.
The aim is to establish new methods by disseminating medical knowledge and experience.we work daily with GPS measurement systems with each player.football technology focuses on the prevention of amateurs and minimising recovery time to the field of play.
And this is a bit complicated, because this sport is becoming more and more physical and muscular injuries, which account for 60% of total illnesses, are increasing every year by 4%. To be prevented, in the case of the squad of the UD SIA Beniganim and players over 16 years of the Academy.
Experts measure the variables that technology allows to analyse. Let’s look at the yield, the type of Grass, the Humidity, the speed that directs the footballer, and in turn we count on applications that Show if he has rest well, his nutrition, the function and acidity of the Sweat, PH ….
With this conglomerate of data, the medicine will be totally personalised, the card of each player, and so it will be known when injuries can be avoided, all the variables concentrated to reduce the number of days off work.
The player is a resource for the company. In them the most popular technology for injuries, such as Precision Regenerative Medicine and The Anxiadas stem cells, a technique that, dismissed as revolutionary, has nothing to apply. “The treatment is already the athlete, with numbers and surnames. See the genetic profile or growth factors We can apply solutions to a particular knee, a particular profile.
Football Medical Assistance
Despite the previous study to avoid injuries, unfortunately it is very common for sports injuries to appear in players. Our role as medical professionals is to try to diagnose quickly in order to carry out early treatment and achieve a complete cure in the shortest possible time so that the player can return to the team.
It is very common for MRI, Ultrasound or CT scans to be carried out on the same day as the injury. Thanks to this, we have an accurate diagnosis with which we can design the medical treatment, start the appropriate physiotherapy and estimate the expected time off work, among our functions as sports doctors, there is also the assistance to players and referrals during the match.
In the event of an injury, it must be decided as early as possible whether the player can continue the match or must be substituted. This is one of the most stressful situations because the player, the coaching staff, the fans and the media are very attentive to our decisions.
On the other hand, our players also suffer from common illnesses: gastroenteritis, allergies, pneumonias, etc. Finally, it should be noted that the doctor of a professional team does not work in isolation, but rather requires a relationship of absolute collaboration, coordination and trust in all movements with the coaches, physical trainers, physiotherapists and nutritionists to organise the work to be done by the player from the physical and technical point of view and thus obtain the best results.
The members of the Inter-Action Football Medical Services, one by one
Dr. Francisco José Rausell , firstly, is the new head of the Medical Services of Soccer Inter-Action. He works as Medical Director of Clínica Jaime I in Catarroja. He directs and coordinates a large team of doctors and health professionals. Specialised in occupational and sports medicine for more than 25 years.
Dr. Amariel Barra is the Consultant Traumatologist of the Medical Services of Clínica Jaime I in Catarroja. He is the head of a large Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery team working in the field of private medicine in Valencia. Dr. Barra has been and is, at present, the director in charge of correcting sports injuries suffered by SIA players, from their time in the operating theatre to their return to the field of play.
Dr. José Luis Melero /Dr. Simónis the Consultant Sports Cardiologist of the Medical Services of Clínica Jaime I in Catarroja. He is the head of a Cardiology team that works in the field of private and public medicine in Valencia. Dr. Melero has been and is, at present, the director in charge of preventing cardiological sports pathologies suffered by SIA players, from the initial stress tests with gases, in order to have the first measurements to work with, to the ecodopler or electrocardiogram carried out in order to be able to step on the field of play, which are personally supervised.
Jero Benavent; Doctor, Diploma in Physiotherapy and Podiatry, is the main physiotherapist of the first team and academy of SIA, and specialises in prevention, assessment and sports physiotherapy. He has been running his own private physiotherapy clinics in Valencia and Ontinyent since 2000. Jero is the main person in charge of preventing injuries or, when they occur, recovering the player as best and as quickly as possible for his return to the field. Currently there are 3 physiotherapists assigned to Soccer Inter-Action.
Miquel Perez and Mariela are the Nutritionist of the academy and the school in charge of supervising the day to day nutrition of the players. Graduated in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Valencia, he also has a master’s degree in Nutrition in Physical Activity and Sport from the University of Barcelona. Master’s Degree in Biological bases for Personalised Nutritional and Sports Advice. Miguel Hernandez University of Elche (UMH).
Javier Rivera; Sports Psychologist at the International Academy, football school and UD. SIA Beniganim. Responsible for the competences of all the coaches of the Academy and School.
Joaquín Blasco Ferre
. Graduate in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CAFD) from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche.
– Master’s Degree in Sports Performance and Health UMH (Miguel Hernández University).
– University Master’s Degree in Teacher Training in Secondary Education, Vocational Training and Language Teaching (Miguel Hernández University).
– Football course at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche.
He has various courses and seminars among them to highlight:
-Webinar High intensity training (High Intensity interval training 2.0).
– Course on Molecular adaptations to strength training.
– Work-Shop on Strength Assessment and Training in Sport.
– Course on Heart Rate Variability in training.
– Course on the use of GPS technology in the process and periodisation of football training.
-Course on Quantification of the training load in football.
-Course on effective and healthy strengthening of the abdominal and lumbar muscles (University of Murcia).
Since 2011 he is dedicated to the physical preparation of high performance athletes, both individually and in football teams.
He is the Head of the High Performance Conditional Area Sia Center.
Sergio Micò García .
Graduate in physiotherapy from the Catholic University of Valencia.
Complementary training in dry needling, neuromuscular taping, neuromodulation, ultrasound and TMJ.
Experience in national and regional clubs.
Xavi Perigüell Laporta
Graduate in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences from the University of Alcalá de Henares.
Master’s Degree in Compulsory Secondary Education and Baccalaureate from the University of Granada.
Assistant physical trainer at RSD Alcalá de Henares; first team and youth DH season 2015-2016.
Responsible for the area of sports rehabilitation and physical preparation at Global Be Clinic and UD SIA Beniganim.
Vicent Llobregat Sempere
Graduate in Physiotherapy from the University of Valencia.
Specialist in cervical pain, cephaleas, shoulder and shoulder assessment
Dry needling course at the SDM
Master’s degree in upper limb neuropathies. Physiotherapist at the Academy and football school.