Photo: Hidde Muije
IT IS ABOUT MONITORING THE ‘BIG PICTURE’ AND THE DETAILS
In 2011, I was for the first time on Hans his treatment table. Now, ten years later, I am regularly with Hans for a treatment session. Of course, I can go to him with injuries, but I also come to Hans to prevent injuries.
Improve during heavy training blocks
Top sport means, among other things, a lot of training. When your body gets tired as a result, the risk of injuries increases. Hans’ treatments are therefore essential in heavy training blocks. It activates the weak spots in the body and ensures that left/right differences are minimal. When the body is in balance, you can handle the heavy training sessions and you can take steps.
Fine-tune for competitions
I also visit Hans regularly during the competition season. He knows how to fine-tune my muscle, joint and nervous systems in the weeks and days before important tournaments, allowing me to get just that little bit more out of myself. This can be the difference between winning and losing.
The role of video analytics
Top sport is all about details. To get the most out of the treatments, Hans regularly studies images of my training sessions and competitions. By paying attention to my posture and movements during (among other things) starting and accelerating, he can be even more focused. I can also make improvements in my technique through his analyses. Partly because of this, I have achieved several podium places in national and international tournaments in recent seasons.
FROM INJURY TO REVELATION OF THE SEASON
Ryan Thomas is football player for PSV Eindhoven since August 2018 and the New Zealand national team. In September 2016 Ryan had injuries in the groin right, knees and left ankle. In the 2015-2016 season didn’t play any match since December 2015.
Fit for the Confederations Cup
Our main goal was to become fit to play full matches and to play well in the Confederations Cup in June 2016. And the long-term goal was to lay the foundation for a successful career for the coming years. To reach these goals I cooperate with John Black, performance strength and conditioning trainer in Zwolle. From September 2016 to January 2017, the frequency of treatments was 2 to 3 times a week. From February 2017 until May 2017, the frequency of treatments was 1 to 2 times a week.
One of the revelations
Ryan’s match performance improved in the second half of that season. In the Confederations Cup in June 2017, he was one of the revelations of this tournament. Season 2017-2018, he was one of the best and most consistent players in the Dutch league. This videoreview by Ryan is from June 2017.
FROM BIG TOE RIGHT AND JUST LEFT TO BRONZE DURING THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN 2018
Czechian Karolína Erbanová was a world-class speedskater. Karolína was complaining about a few overloaded areas in her body which resulted in a poorer skating technique in the season 2015-2016 with poor results. The causes were old injuries such as: an old ankle injury left, a big toe injury right which lead to overload in back, groin, neck and shoulders.
The goal was to become increasingly competitive with the other world top speed-skaters sprints during the season. The connection with the top 5 of the world reached Karolína at the beginning of the second half of last season. In the summer of 2016 we started regular sessions from the second half of August, once or twice a week. In January 2017 Karolína became European Champion sprint. And also in the World Cup races and the World Championships distances and sprint there was an improvement of the results with a podium place or a top 5 place during these competitions.
Bronze medal in the Olympics
The 2017-2018 season starts for us in May 2017. The goal was to close the gap with the fastest on the 500 and 1000 meter. This would make Karolína one of the favorites for an Olympic medal at these distances. From May until October I was intensively involved in optimizing performance. From november I treated Karoliná several times per week in between her international competitions.
On the Olympic games of 2018 in South-Korea, Karolína won a bronze medal on the 500 meter with a finishing time of 37:34. This videoreview by Karolína is from June 2017.
Olympic Games 2022
Karolina retired from skating after the 2018 Olympics. Nowadays she plays ice hockey in the Swedish league and for the Czech National Team which has qualified for the Olympic Games 2022 in Beijing!