Professor Irineu Loturco from Nucleus of High Performance in Sport, São Paulo, Brazil together with his team recently published the article “Muscle Contraction Velocity: A Suitable Approach to Analyze the Functional Adaptations in Elite Soccer Players”. 22 male Brazilian elite soccer players were assessed in this study and the key conclusions are:
– Tensiomyography (TMG) can be considered a useful technology for coaches and sport scientists seeking non-invasive and practical tools to assess the muscle function of elite athletes;
– Velocity of contraction (Vc) is a single index able to integrate several of the reliable mechanical outcomes provided by TMG, which was shown to be sensitive to detect neuromuscular impairments in professional soccer players;
At about the same time, professor Roald Bahr from the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center published a methodological approach of risk factors for sports injuries in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
One of the key points professor Bahr pointed out is:
“The accuracy of the methods used to measure potential risk factors and record injuries are critical factors which can influence sample size considerably.”
Professor Irineu Loturco’s investigation is a good example that tensiomyography can selectively quantify functional muscle disorders. We believe such information is relevant when it comes to identifying potential muscle injuries.
We are looking forward to further investigations with a bigger sample size to confirm this.