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Exercise physiology is the study of the acute responses and chronic adaptations to a wide range of physical exercise conditions.

Each session created includes this component of development to sustain the workload, and is of vital significance to the periodization or development of the individual and the team. According to the age of the soccer player, there are specific training directions we need to take.

We are able to measure peak height velocity in order to be able to adjust the training load accordingly to each player (predict a measure of a child’s biological maturity. Peak height velocity (PHV) is a somatic biological maturity indicator and reflects the maximum velocity in statural growth. It is the onset of PHV that is the best determiner of when to increase the training focus on aerobic and strength development)

Ergometric evaluation is especially important for the long-term development process of young soccer players providing scientific accurate information regarding the training needs of the players, and whether the training program should focus on specific elements.

 

METHODOLOGY

  • The ergometric evaluation of all soccer players.
  • Process data in order to devise a training program, with adequate intensity and correct duration of training aiming to improve your abilities and to maximize performance.
  • To ensure the correct frequency and energy burden of footballers.
  • Monitoring daily training sessions by various means (e.g. Cardiac Frequency)
  • Training Efficiency control: Examine whether the performed training programs maximize the adaptations of the physiological systems of the body or do not provide sufficient stimulus.
  • The ultra-high-training regime, which creates positive effects on the player’s performance.
  • Periodic evaluations and fitness assessments during the course of the championship.
  • Create individual and/or collective food directives so as to ensure the adequate food consumption which substitutes energy loss from the strain and stress of both matches and relevant training sessions.
  • Nutritional diet for fueling and reloading.
  • Food supplements essentially serve two purposes:
    1. Maximum performance while engaged in the activity.
    2. Improve restoration after the sporting activity, both in energy level, and rebuilding muscle tissue.

E.C.E.S. provides the following services:

ERGO METRIC EVALUATIONS

  1. Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test 2
  2. Agility Testing
  3. Jumping Ability
  4. Speed Measurements
  5. Anthropometric Characteristic
  6. Injury Prevention Program:
    • Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
  7. Nutritional Guidelines
  8. Hydration Guidelines

 

TRAINING GUIDANCE: 

Based on the ergometric evaluation, E.C.E.S. will provide the soccer players with the proper training program in order to train/increase efficiently the following parameter at a high level:

  1. Aerobic conditioning (Extensive and Intensive Endurance)
  2. Anaerobic Conditioning (Extensive and Intensive Interval)
  3. Strength (Strength Endurance, Maximal Strength)
  4. Speed / Repeated Speed Agility
  5. Elasticity / Stretching
  6. Balance training
  7. Agility training
  8. Proprioception training

 

Dr. Nikolaos Koundourakis (M.Sc.  –  Ph.D.)

E.C.E.S consultant Nikolaos currently works in professional soccer. In his sixteen years experience in player development, he has worked with professional teams and top-level players.

His specialties include ergometry, strength & conditioning, injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, nutrition, monitoring of players, long-term player development and periodization.

He has published a number of scientific articles on sports science. He is also an editorial member of the Austin Sports Medicine Journal, and member of the Publons, as being a reviewer in several scientific journals that are devoted to the topic of sports science. Dr. Nikolaos has been invited to lecture and present his work at numerous international seminars and congresses on sports performance which include:

The 3rd International Football Medicine Congress at the Swiss Society of Sports Medicine (2008), the XXXIII World Congress of Sports Medicine at The International Federation of Sports Medicine (2014), 7th & 9th World Congress on Science and Football at the Japanese society of Science and Football (2011), and the 8th World Congress on Science and Football at the University of Copenhagen (2015) to name a few.