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Electrical muscle stimulation in winter sports

The Olympic Winter Games are approaching. Beijing 2022 will host the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, 4-20 Feb. Ice and snow are going to welcome a multitude of athletes from different categories and countries, playing cross country skiing, freestyle skating and figure skating, ice hockey, bobsleigh, Nordic combined and ski jumping.

The sports training process of athletes is aimed at obtaining performance and improvement results. To do this, they have personal trainers and physical trainers that accompany them throughout their process. The technological advancement in training techniques has led these professionals to bet on new sports tools, such as electrical muscle stimulation (EMS).

The i-motion equipment offers athletes a technique capable of improving results, multiplying those of a conventional workout: it increases performance, does not produce fatigue, facilitates muscle recovery after performing a great effort, etc.

Do you want to discover more advantages of this technique? Join us in this post.

Electrostimulation to train for winter sports

1. Ski

In skiing, electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) has become an essential technique for many athletes who practice it. We are immersed in the winter, and for ski lovers it is important to reach this time of year in perfect conditions to hit the track. But putting on your skis, fastening your boots and putting your V-shaped legs is no longer the only way to train…

The EMS has become an ideal training method for skiers, always with the help of professional trainers experienced in the use of this tool. In fact, it helps reduce the risk of injury and recover faster. That’s why doctors and physical therapists also use it as a rehabilitation method. Training with EMS allows you to work the muscles without exerting joint overload, as well as acting on the most important muscles, in addition to doing so with the most appropriate level of intensity depending on your needs.

A simple example of a ski training session would be the following: Monday, Wednesday and Friday work the quadriceps with resistance, strengh and rest, respectively. Monday and Wednesday work on your hamstrings with force resistance and strength. And, finllay work your lower back on Tuesday and Thursday. On the weekend we can take advantage of it to apply the active recovery of i-motion EMS, which provides specific impulses without overloading the muscles.

2. Hockey

Physical preparation for collective sports is an increasingly researched practice, so electrostimulation has already become one of the most efficient techniques for team training, such as hockey, football, swimming, rugby, etc. However, its application must be controlled by a professional team with extensive knowledge in the technique, an advantage that i-motion facilitates from the first moment thanks to its certification as a professional.

EMS is a means for the physical preparation of athletes, and its performance is manifested through better results, localized muscle strength, the height of the center of gravity that is reached in the vertical jump, etc. In short, it improves the performance of the strength. In fact, there are studies that ensure “an increase of 27% of the maximum voluntary contraction in quadriceps, thanks to improvements of a nervous and structural nature”, as Jaime Morente points out in his work on electrostimulation as a means of training.

Other winter sports

Speed skating, figure skating or snowboarding are some sports practices that can also be trained with muscle electrostimulation. In fact, the i-motion EMS can increase the performance of athletes of any category (swimming, basketball, volleyball, skating, athletics, etc.).

Regarding winter sports, we also find skating, where it is recommended to alternate the technique with exercise routines and a healthy diet; bobsleigh, where athletes use a sled to complete a closed circuit; curling, a team-level competition for boys and girls; the Nordic combination, 3 men’s trampoline and relay tests; etc.

What are they worried about? Many athletes believe that an electrostimulation training practiced throughout the winter will then cause reduced strength, cramps in long workouts, etc. However, those are just myths. The EMS is prepared to provide athletes with all the benefits they need, reducing the risk of injury, times spent in training, etc.

Conclusions on the use of sports electrostimulation

Being fit in a short time and concentrating physical intensity making minimal effort is one of the great advantages of electrostimulation. With i-motion, not only athletes get benefits from it, but coaches and trainers will increase profitability and become benchmarks of sports training.

They will be able to be certified as EMS professionals and endorsed thanks to the set of skills, competencies, tools and methodologies they acquire throughout the training. Our methodology enhances the knowledge and practical skills you need to have as a professional. Our EMS devive at help your clients achieve their goals.

Do you want to work with intuitive software, easy to use and in continuous development? Dp you need to train different groups of people at the same time? Do you know the possibilities of training intensely, but pleasantly? At i-motion we help you achieve these and other goals. Request a demo and try it for yourself.

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