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Advanced technology developed in Brazil helps in preparation of athletes.

The medical team at the lab, which have as head chief the national team trainer, José Inácio Salles Neto, applied the test called “Joint Position Sense”, which aims to evaluate the muscles movements’ perception of each athlete. “We try to make this kind of exam once a year to direct the training plans and to avoid injuries. After, with the results in our hands, we can make a strength evaluation and realize how each individual physic condition are” – says José Inácio, who are part of the Bernardinho’s technical team since 2001.

The exam consist of repeating movements of leg extension with blindfolded subject, and is held in a device called Isokinetic, which resembles a leg extension chair, common in any gym. As said by Victor Crossich, one of the lab’s researchers, the equipment is made in USA, but the techniques applied and the software that read the data were developed by the INTO’s team. Incidentally, the Institute has collaborated with the Olympic Committee. The aim is to boost preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. "We absorb all modalities.

The volleyball was the pioneer of this technology, and now expanded to other sports”, adds José Inácio, who coordinates the Laboratory of Movement Evaluation for seven years. The first to be evaluated was the wing spiker Ricardo, which proved quite excited about the possibility of using science for the benefit of the sport. "It requires a lot of concentration. A unique opportunity that they are giving to us to use equipment so advanced”. Said the athlete after doing the repetitive sequence.

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