Raymond Verheijen surprised by injury wave at Ajax just after the winter break

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Monday, February 3, 2020 at

Exercise physiologist Raymond Verheijen questions the many injuries at Ajax. The infirmary of the Amsterdammers was already filled with Daley Blind (inflamed heart muscle), Hakim Ziyech (calf), David Neres (meniscus) and Zakaria Labyad (knee), and three more players were added on Sunday. Against PSV (1-0 win), Joël Veltman (knee), Quincy Promes (hamstring) and Ryan Babel (knee) were injured. According to him, muscle injuries are a result of accumulation of fatigue, overweight training in combination with little recovery time.

Verheijen says that muscle injuries can also be a consequence of training forms that have caused too much muscle damage in combination with too little recovery time. “With all these different muscle injuries, the cause is often different, but the underlying cause is often the same: accumulation of fatigue or accumulation of muscle damage,” Verheijen said in conversation with the Algemeen Dagblad. “If I were Ten Hag, muscle injuries with just one match a week would worry me. You would rather expect this in a busy period with midweek European competitions and air travel. “

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Verheijen currently resides in the United States, but he has received the news about the many injuries at Ajax. “Hopefully they will not dismiss it as bad luck, but will do critical internal investigations so that it does not happen again,” he proposes. “If they only look at the reasons, the situations in which the injury occurred, then they only see variation and not patterns. If they look at the period before the injury situations, the patterns will naturally emerge. As long as you are willing to be very critical towards yourself and each other. I rate Erik ten Hag as someone who wants answers. “

At an earlier stage, Ten Hag commented on the overcrowded play schedule and the consequences that the calendar can carry. “In general, Ten Hag is right about the playing calendar,” says Verheijen. Yet he finds it strange that just after the winter break several injuries have surfaced. “I don’t know exactly what Ajax has done in the recent period. But in general the following applies: accelerating is fine if you play one match a week, but that gas must be gradually increased and not opened too quickly. ”


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