German Rosete: The eternal competitive youth will be extended


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German Rosete: The eternal competitive youth will be extended.

Currently, high-level football players benefit from personalized medical monitoring, daily weight control and control of the fat and muscle mass ratio.

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MIAMI, FL, ESTADOS UNIDOS, March 31, 2022 / — For decades, the belief that the optimal age for a football player was between 25 and 30 was completely accepted by everyone. Such stereotypes of yesteryear would never have imagined Lionel Messi winning his seventh Ballon d’Or at 34, Robert Lewandowski winning the Golden Boot at 33 or Zlatan Ibrahimovic making the difference every weekend in Italy by crossing the 40 mark. While the FIFA Top 100 in 2002 had only three players over 30, today we can find up to 41 players who manage to stay on the list.

“Although there are more and more players who decide to extend their cycle within the elite, the trend of the so-called ‘eternal competitive youth’ is not unique and exclusive to football. While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the stars of football, other great sports legends like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Tom Brady continue to demonstrate in their respective disciplines that age is not an obstacle to continue to compete at the most high level,” says German Rosete.

Whether it’s a personal challenge, a love of sport, or even economic necessity, fewer and fewer athletes are considering the option of retirement just past the age of 30.

The keys to eternal competitive youth.
“It’s like everyday life. Now with more education, vaccinations and medication, the life expectancy of society in general is getting longer, and football players are no strangers to this. It’s a turning point. Thanks to technology, I’m sure that players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, among others, are setting the standard for a new era,” says Dr Jonathan Torres, specialist in medicine of the sport.

Nowadays, talking about professionalism does not mean talking only and exclusively about the professionalism of each player, but about the routines and habits in general that he can develop during his years of competition. With the protocols currently established, athletes have tighter control in almost all their activities, from the nutritional domain to the family domain.

“Twenty years ago professional routines said that a player trained for two or three hours and went home, then everyone was more or less professional; now a player arrives at eight in the morning, almost everyone the clubs make it eat in their facilities… and in the afternoon most of the players have their own personal trainer, who generates habits to improve posture, breathing… with exercises in yoga, pilates or other therapies that help to better recover and rest, which is an essential part of preparation because the body is performing the process of adapting to loads at rest.”

Along with new habits, today’s footballer has adopted a more professional role that goes beyond the strictly sporting framework. A clear example of this is that until a few years ago it was not frowned upon for a footballer to go out to party. These days, spreading inappropriate images on social media can sometimes be a major hurdle. Since many professionals receive large sums of money for image fees, it is undesirable for compromising photographs to be shared on the Internet.

The role of medicine.
“Before, players were more driven by passion, they endured more pain without thinking about the consequences for their body, thinking almost exclusively about the needs of the team; now they are more academic, more rational and careful in their decisions” .

This statement by coach Pako Ayestarán can be translated to the fact that medical habits have also undergone significant changes. In the past, undercover was a very common practice which is losing ground in today’s football. Whether it is because professionals are more and more aware of the consequences that this practice can entail, or because the numbers are increasing, both players and clubs are resorting less and less to this alternative.

“Currently, high-level footballers benefit from personalized medical monitoring, daily weight control and control of the proportions of fat and muscle mass”, specifies German Rosete.

Likewise, electrical activity recordings are frequently made on the muscles to assess the current state of the fibers which can determine if there is a risk of impending injury.

In addition to all of the above, strict diet control is carried out by clubs and nutritionists on an individual basis. These diets take into account the amount of fats, carbohydrates and proteins needed by each player. If the athlete manages to adapt to the rules and constant checks, it is easier for him to enjoy more years of high competition.

Despite tremendous advances in sports medicine and athletes’ efforts to maintain a healthy diet, there is still room for them to enjoy more years of top-level competition.

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