More on Milan Lab…

Here’s a snippet from an article about the setup of Chelsea’s lab that they based on Milan Lab.  I’ve highlighted the interesting points.

Once Milan Lab began operating the club reported a staggering 90% reduction in injuries. Chelsea hope to yield similar results from Demichelis’s expertise as he decides which methods to import from Italy. These could include all small and full-sided games being monitored by coaches inputting data into handheld computers, as occurs at Milan. Or players could be issued with individual keys that are fitted into machines which exercise differing muscle groups to record their performance.

Demichelis could also decide to create a version of the Milan Lab Circuit, which players complete every fortnight. This could include a PSI test, which monitors psychic ability, an electromyography assessment – muscle response to nervous stimulation – and a stabilometry gauge, which is a hopping test. Each month they may also undergo an assessment which includes bar pull-ups, weightlifting, shuttle runs, vertical jumps, 12 and 30-metre sprints plus an agility test.

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Mike Young

Director of Performance at Athletic Lab
Mike is the Head Fitness Coach for the North Carolina Courage and North Carolina FC. He is also the owner and Director of Performance at Athletic Lab sports performance training center. He previously served as the fitness coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Carolina Railhawks. He has a PhD in Biomechanics, an MS in Coaching Science, and a BSS in Exercise Physiology and has coached Olympic and professional athletes in Skeleton, Track & Field, MLS and NASL Soccer, PGA Golf, NFL Football, MLB Baseball and Olympic Weightlifting. He has lectured around the world and authored 2 books and dozens of research and coaching articles.