The Ceará Sporting Club uses ThermoHuman in its physiology department to help its players in the Brazilian championship.
Just a week ago, Ceará, the soccer team from the city of Fortaleza, Brazil, posted a video on their networks where the physiologist André Martins (Department of Physiology) explained how the first team and the lower categories used thermography to assist in the training process with the aim of preparing the players for the Brazilian championship of the A series, Brasileirão.
André Martins (responsible for the physiology department of Ceará) emphasizes the speed with which ThermoHuman processes the data, as well as, the ability of the software algorithms to offer metrics such as the coefficient of variation associated with the thermal behavior of the players to estimate recovery processes.
This text shows the excerpt of the video conversation:
Football is always reinventing itself and Ceará is no different. With the arrival of technology, Ceará’s physiology department gains an ally in the use of thermography to control athletes, thanks to the ThermoHuman software. Physiologist André Martins is the one who will best explain it
Thermography is one of the most important tools that we have today in the club to work with the control and management of the training load. Thermography associated with other load control parameters that we have, helps us to identify, know and better understand how athletes are recovering from training and matches.
Because when players train or play matches or do some mechanical work, the muscles that are exercising suffer what we call “micro-injuries”, when these micro injuries are produced, our body begins to carry out processes to regenerate that tissue. They are inflammatory processes. These inflammatory processes cause an increase in temperature and that is where thermography helps us because it manages to identify those temperature variations produced by muscular workload.
Thermohuman has its own algorithms, developed for the tool, that allow us to identify these variations very quickly and accurately. Furthermore, the coefficient of variation is a very important metric for us, as sports physiologists. And with the use of this software, we manage to see how these temperatures vary, as the evaluations go by.
Today, the physiology department is fully integrated with the physiology department of the lower categories, so this same protocol, those same issues that we do with ThermoHuman and thermography in the first team, we also do with the lower categories. This is very important because when the athlete from the base categories comes to train with the first team, and we need to carry out this thermographic follow-up of the player, we already have all the evaluations and their pattern that, being monitored from the lower categories, comes and it allows us to identify possible risks of injury to players who are in training.
Perhaps, one of the most differential things that this software also has, is that in a few clicks we can perform the thermographic photography, make the evaluation, make chronic comparisons of these evaluations over time and quickly send that information collected to the medical and technical staff. Then, quickly, before the training session starts, we have all the necessary information to make decisions about the interventions to be carried out”