Whether it be for players or referees, the current pause is delicate, on one hand to maintain optimal physical condition, and on the other to prepare in the best way possible for a future re-launch.
The Clinique romande de réadaptation in Sion (CRR) is responsible for the physical condition of all the referees working for the elite leagues of Swiss football. The referees must follow their program, in order to be ready when the matches begin to take place again. As points out Michaël Duc, coordinator of the sport medicine department of the CRR and responsible for the physical condition of Swiss referees : « They are individual athletes. Referees at this level are accustomed, since the beginning of their careers in the amateur leagues, to train alone. »
For the players, the situation is also complicated and the main risks are expected when the competitions start taking place again with an important change in rhythm and the speed at which the matches will follow each other. For example : « A fast increase in the number of training sessions and a dense match calendar could lead to an increased number of injuries», continues Pierre-Etienne Fournier, head of department at the Clinique romande de réadaptation in Sion and the Nati's official physician.
The daily newspaper Le Nouvelliste was interested in the training conditions and the precautions to take in view of a return to competition. Discover the article below:
The Suva football test
To make sure that your first match after numerous weeks without training goes well, the Suva has compiled a list of questions and some useful exercises which will allow you to stay «in the loop».