Marc Marquez completes an intensive recovery programme for Mugello The second race of the season, the Jerez Grand Prix, ended with a painful reward for Marc Marquez, who was seeking his first win in the World Championship: a fall in the first...
Marc Marquez completes an intensive recovery programme for Mugello
The second race of the season, the Jerez Grand Prix, ended with a painful reward for Marc Marquez, who was seeking his first win in the World Championship: a fall in the first lap and a dislocated shoulder were the tough prize for all the hard work done during the practice sessions. Just three week later, the Repsol rider stood on the podium at the French Grand Prix. He had still not completely recovered but the physiotherapy done by the Repsol rider at the CAR Sant Cugat had helped.
Located on the outskirts of Barcelona, in the town of Sant Cugat, the CAR (High Performance Centre) is an organisation that supports sports to improve competitiveness on an international level, optimising resources of the highest technical and scientific quality. Olympic gold medallists like Marta Dominguez and Gervasio Deferr have attended the centre, but it also has a unit dedicated to motor racing, attended by riders and drivers from all disciplines, some of them well-known to all, such as Marc Coma, Nani Roma, Jaime Alguersuari and Carlos Checa. Divided into two teams, a sciences team - focused on supporting performance- and a care team - dedicated to supporting health -, the CAR has become a benchmark centre in integral training of athletes in Spain.
Over the last few weeks and after visiting Dr. Mir at the USP Institut Universitari Dexeus, the Repsol rider put himself in the hands of Dr. Turmo and his team of physiotherapists at the CAR Sant Cugat for the functional rehabilitation of his right shoulder during the two weeks running up to the French Grand Prix. After finishing the race with a hard-fought podium, last week, he intensified his physiotherapy to recover the strength that he needs to tackle a full race in good form, especially at a circuit as demanding as Mugello, where the fourth race in the World Championship, the Italian Grand Prix, will be held next weekend.
Under the careful monitoring of Fermin Oliete, Marc Marquez has worked conscientiously to improve the strength and stability of his right shoulder, through isokinetic exercises on the shoulder rotations and plyometric exercises to improve the explosive reaction and rapid response of the muscles affected by the injury.
The aim of this rehabilitation was to build up enough strength, applicable in the shortest possible periods. To do this, he used the wide range of resources available at the CAR. Starting with the traditional weights and pulleys machines and followed by exercises with medical balls and the body's own weight, Marquez was able to use to all of the special machines at the CAR that allow specific groups of muscles to be worked at an adapted speed, that detect the pressure exerted in order to control resistance - if the pressure drops, resistance is lowered for safety reasons -, as well as vibration platforms.
With one of the most intensive phases of the World Championship about to start, in which the riders must tackle six races over the next eight weeks, Marc Marquez is scrupulously working on rehabilitation of the unfortunate injury sustained in Jerez. The Repsol rider has spent two hours a day with the specialists to recover as well and as quickly as possible and from this Friday in Mugello, the best version of the young Spanish rider will be back in action.