At Blois Foot 41, data is the basis of physical preparation

At Blois Foot 41, data is the basis of physical preparation
At Blois Foot 41, data is the basis of physical preparation

It may seem hard to believe, but Blois Foot 41 got closer to a professional team during a meeting.

It was last January, during a trip to Les Herbiers for an opposition at the time at the top of the table. The 1-1 draw was good, as was the physical data collected by the staff. “It was Ligue 2 or even Ligue 1 level”assured Cédric Hengbart.

But what are we talking about? Because the subject appears so far very vague. “We measure the total distance, accelerations and high speed runs”, explains Yohan Derenne, the physical trainer who arrived in September to take over from Clément Laxenaire, who left for Saint-Étienne. It is in these categories that the Blésois exploded the counters in Vendée: “It was a game with a lot of running volume and intensity. »

Expensive but essential GPS boxes

In detail, we observe that the fourteen players who set foot on the pitch covered 120 kilometers. “I especially notice that five are above 11 km”, points out Yohan Derenne. Because the 27-year-old young man has access to a very complete table of data, after each match and each training session thanks to a small GPS box slipped under the jerseys.

Depending on the appearance and the opponents, the collective statistics vary enormously.
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“It is a very important tool because it gives the culture of effort to the player, who cannot cheatestimates the man who studied at the Laval and Guingamp training centers. This also allows us to calibrate and note progress. » In addition to the MyCoach application to measure fatigue, this €7,000 system therefore seems essential to keep a player in shape: “We tend to count the National 2 clubs which do not use it. » For example, SO Romorantin, who does not have a physical trainer, is in this case.

The W method

This problem is also central to the mission of Yohan Derenne, “bring a player physically ready and able to apply a game plan”. Arriving when summer preparations had already been completed, he worked “to maintain and refine” fitness levels based on positions and profiles. In his cramped office, he draws tables every week, taking into account training sessions and meetings. “We must stimulate the body and avoid the match being the most difficult event of the week”estimates the young man.

To explain his approach, he pictures: “We have a W-shaped method, not always used in football. A big peak on D-4, then a descent on D-3 and a rise on D-2. » Concretely, this means a busy Tuesday, “with two sessions, three hours of intense football and games focused on strength and aerobic power”. Here again, the data collected proves it, with each player covering 14 kilometers on average during the same day.

More in injury prevention

“We try to create a little more fatigue than that of the matchjustifies Yohan Derenne. It’s a matter of getting used to it, which makes Saturday easier. » The method has also proven itself in preventing muscle injuries, which are very few in number this season within Blois Foot 41. “When the match is too difficult physically, it becomes an accident-prone event.reasons the physical trainer who followed Thierry Froger in African clubs. Getting players used to experiencing specific efforts makes them easier to live with. »

The Blésois therefore chose the harsh method, confirmed and acclaimed even by Cédric Hengbart’s men. A postman “important but not decisive” of the beautiful Sang et Or season.

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