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Due to the large number of players and the extraordinary physical requirements, football is one of the highest risk sports when compared to other sports in terms of the incidence rate of injuries. As a consequence, in today’s modern game, the application of sports science has become essential, along with the practical integration of the results gained from it.
Research shows that the frequency of injuries is continuously increasing, therefore Vasas Kubala Academy pays special attention to the ongoing and structured testing of our youth footballers. The club’s strength and conditioning coaches play an important role in this program, configuring the players’ training and match day preparations based on test results. The goal is to develop all skills: stability, stamina, mobility, strength, speed. The most ideal way to prepare a development program is by first mapping players’ deficiencies or weaknesses, and the best way to do this is through testing. At Vasas Kubala Academy, tests are constantly being performed in order to make sure that all of our footballers may play to their best form throughout the league campaign, while avoiding injury.
The Academy places special emphasis on prevention, especially in light of the fact that our players are youth footballers. For the sake of injury prevention and performance enhancement, we are continuously developing our Rehabilitation Department, because the modernisation of our instruments and a special emphasis on sports health is essential to moving forward. Lactate testing is one of the steps in this process, with the help of which we are better able to map the state of our players, facilitating proper regeneration, ideal performance and the minimalisation of injuries.
Lactic acid is constantly being produced in our bodies, but the amount varies according to physical workload. Its level depends on the speed of production and dissimilation. In our blood stream, it appears as lactate, which can be harnessed entirely by our bodies: by the brain, the heart muscle, and the liver as well, in which it is turned into sugar. However, during intensive training there exists a certain level at which the formation of lactic acid is so high that the body cannot keep up anymore, resulting in a number of negative effects: fatigue, decrease of the ability to perform, etc.
During the course of the systematic testing performed at Vasas Kubala Academy, our experts carry out their measurements by applying gradually increasing steps. Lactate levels are measured based on a few drops of blood from a finger prick, and are compared with other data (for example sphymograms) at the conclusion of each phase, thereby providing an exact picture of our academy players’ momentary state and their deficiencies, in other words the transient zone in which it is most ideal to do sports: the body is not overstrained, yet it is receiving enough stimuli to develop. At our academy, the goal of lactate measurement and testing is to make sure that our experts and our footballers are able to gain a grasp of these limits, because this is the only way to develop.
Vasas Kubala Akadémia (Vasas Akadémia Kft.)
H-1139 Budapest, Fáy utca 58.