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20 October 2005, 10:07 am
MoviStar Crew Get Final Check Up
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

Just three weeks before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006, the crews of the seven boats that will depart from Vigo, Spain bound for Cape Town, South Africa are completing their physical training for the journey. Such is the case with the crew of the Spanish boat on the Volvo Ocean Race MoviStar, who last Monday morning underwent a complete physical examination at the Centre for High Performance and Sports Technology in Madrid, Spain.

'These tests are part of the collaboration agreement signed with the Consejo Superior de Deportes [Sports Council],' said Pedro CAMPOS (ESP), General Manager of the team, just before going through the check up himself. 'Having the support of the CSD is quite an assurance for us, especially if we take into account the very demanding nature of this race, and the importance of ensuring the health and fitness of the crew members who will face such an enormous challenge.'

In Depth Check Up

The managers of the Centre for High Performance took advantage of the presence of the MoviStar crew to carry out a thorough examination of the physical condition of these high level sportsmen. The crew was subject to a complete battery of analysis, anthropometric tests, which measured all physical parameters, from cranial circumference to bone and muscle size, etc.; locomotive system tests; cardio logical tests, both electrocardiograph and echocardiograph; treadmill tests; sole dynamics, which studies the gait to analyze postural dynamics and prevent morphological and functional alterations of the spine and lower limbs; and bone dissymmetry, to determine calcium content in bones. In summary: they have been subject to a complete examination of their physical condition.

'These tests complement the ones carried out last September in Sanxenxo,' said Sam BROVENDER, physical trainer of the team. 'They have been training hard for one year to reach maximum physical condition at the time of departure of the race, and we are very confident in our training programme. It is very demanding, but it makes sure that every member of the crew will be able to withstand the harsh conditions awaiting them. This last check up will confirm the conclusions from our own examination: the crew is in excellent physical shape.'

The physician in charge of the tests at the Centre for High Performance was surprised by the response from the MoviStar crew, 'My summary of the complete check up that they have been subject to is that their locomotive system is excellent, and their cardio respiratory system is simply amazing. In particular, I have been surprised at their performance both in aerobic and anaerobic exercises, quite uncommon among sailors. Normally, sporting sailors show good response to anaerobic exercises, and not quite that good to aerobic ones, but the MoviStar crew are very well balanced, undoubtedly due to the training programme they have gone through.'

Back To Work

Once the check up was completed, the crew returned immediately to their Sanxenxo headquarters to continue training. 'It's less than three weeks now for the coastal race, and there are many things to do yet,' said skipper Bouwe BEKKING. 'The boat is currently on land, undergoing maintenance, but will return to water next Wednesday. Then, we will resume our navigation schedule, trying out the latest improvements on our VO70 and on the sails we will use for the race. Throughout the 20,000 miles that we have already sailed, we have used some test sails; now we will actually see how the boat behaves when we use the competition sails.'

For a complete list of all the news about the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 CLICK HERE.

Ana Garcia. Image:© MARÍA MUIÑA
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