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Physical research lab ready by spring
By Endre Bakken, 5 November 2005, 16:46

Rosenborg has decided to use several million norwegian kroners to build a new physical research lab at Lerkendal.


BUILDING AREA: The new lab will be situated in this corner of the stadium.

Photo: Thomas Myren

"It is an increase in the investments, but we believe it is going to pay off", Rune Bratseth tells rbk.no.

AC Milan is the model: MilanLab, the only one of its kind, was founded in 2002 and thus far the project has been very successful. The AC Milan players undergo testing twice a month, and it is not just strength and speed that is measured; even the players psychological and emotional state is determined and archived.

This way the coaches and the management are always going to have up to date,objective data which they will use as a basis for their decisions. One is going to be able to tell what players are in best physical shape when picking the team. One also hopes that the players are going to be able to improve their physical capacity through determined work.

Even though the most important factor might be avoiding injuries. Milan has been able to reduce the amount of muscular injuries by 90% after setting up MilanLab because it enables the doctors to detect danger sings at an early stage, which makes it possible for the coaches to give the players a more suitable exercise program. This must sound very good to the Rosenborg management who has been struggling with up to half of the first squad injured at the same time this year.

"We see the value of investing in facilities to measure and keep track of the stamina, physical strength and other qualities of our players. This will strengthen our purposeful work both in the short and the long run", Bratseth comments.

Rosenborg has already begun building the premises that are going to house the new physical research lab. New business areas will be added to both of the currently empty ends of the Bygger'n stand. The lab, measuring 110 square metres will be located on the second floor of the end bordering to "Brakka", the clubhouse. It will be finished around the first of February and Rosenborg are hoping to have the lab in use by spring.

But the collecting of scientific data has already begun at Lerkendal. The players have begun using pulse clocks during the exercises.

"It is a part of our dedicated work. We want to control the level of intensity in our training, to have the best training cycles possible, both collectively and individually", Per-Mathias Høgmo tells TVTrøndelag.


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