Colossus Method

Sometimes it is necessary to acknowledge the fact that in football, for the ones who study and work to improve every aspect of sports, there is a clear anomaly in the number of muscle injuries.
The UEFA has carried out a study about injuries, ranking them according to its severity: 1-3 days of absence minimum, 4-7 days minor, 8-28 days medium, or serious for more than 28 days.
Muscle injuries are constantly increasing, whether they occur during training, friendly matches, or official competitions and they represent 33% (data expected to increase).
The impact of muscle injuries in football players is anomalous compared to the other sports disciplines and it is calculated using the IFR index (Injury Frequency Rate) which refers to the number of injuries every 1000 hours of activity, both in training and in official competitions. Mainly, the professional football player gets injured during official games, with approximately a percentage of 10%.
There is something in the multimillion-dollar mechanism of the football world that has not been achieved.
In my humble opinion, it is important to tackle the issue in several aspects, starting from nutrition, accurate medical history, history of every athlete, training methods, prevention, and protection of vulnerable or previously affected groups.
Let’s make it firmly clear that, physically speaking, football is not the most strenuous sport, but, with the same vehemence, we must honestly say that it is extremely stressful due to global visibility. The Department of Neuroscience of Verona has published some explanatory data on football players who, during matches, remain still for 17% of the total playing time, walk for 40%, run slowly for 35%, and run fast for the 8%, with a sprint for 0,6%. These analyses show that, on average, a football player runs through 10,8 km, ranging between 9 km and 14 km. All of this for 1, 2, or a maximum of 3 matches per week. Let’s just think about the effort that a tennis player makes by facing 4/5-hour matches, and then playing other games in the following days, and let’s avoid talking about exhausting sports like cycling.
In football, almost the totality of the clubs in the world requires an athletic training of 20/25 days every 4/5 months. They work with heavy loads, run for kilometres and kilometres, then sprint, change directions, do plyometric exercises, etc. There are rare exceptions in the Premier League and in the Spanish Liga with training sessions mainly focused on the use of the ball.
Let’s start by saying that there is not an athletic training that lasts 4/5 months and it is proved by the continuous performance alternations of the football players. We need a change from everyone: coaches, trainers, experts, and media that emphasize constantly the impossibility of facing several matches per week, serving on a silver platter an alibi that should not be served. The training session must be aimed at the performance, and it must be organized on its base.
Every athletic plan must include rest as a fundamental component. After years of study, I came to the optimal training for professionals: continuous training sessions of 90 minutes without breaks. Let’s remember that muscle optimization is reached with a constant internal temperature of 39 degrees.
This training is part of the COLOSSUS METHOD that, with other fundamental ingredients, allows the almost total impossibility of muscle injury and of recurrences that affect 16/18% of football players.

Professor Ph.D. Francesco Calarco