No stone unturned: a day with SportCat
When it comes to terms like ‘sports medicine’ and ‘performance’, you could be forgiven for thinking that these are topics that only concern the pros.
But we all know the feeling, what starts as a hobby quickly turns into a passion, one that puts the amateur body under a lot of stress. Just because you don’t have a contract with a pro-cycling team, doesn’t mean you should neglect your post-ride recovery. As cycling moves increasingly towards the mainstream and our yearly kilometres continue to grow, centres like SportCat in Girona are revolutionising the way amateur riders can look after themselves and avoid long-term mobility issues.
Nafent recently went down to the SportCat clinic to get a special guided tour by founder Dr. Jordi Surós Romagós. From the state-of-the-art technology to the incredibly knowledgeable and friendly team, it was an eye-opening experience that taught us how, with a little helping hand, anyone can recover like a pro. With cutting-edge technology, a multidisciplinary approach, and unwavering dedication to athletes, SportCat is bringing pro-standard excellence in sports medicine within the reach of the amateur cyclist.
From NASA-developed vacuum machines that stimulate blood flow down the legs to pin-point lasers that can help release tight muscles, everything SportCat does embraces innovative techniques to enhance the recovery process and hone athletes’ performance. One technique that particularly stood out is magnetotherapy.
Magnetotherapy, also known as magnetic field therapy, utilises the therapeutic properties of magnetic fields to stimulate healing and promote overall well-being. This non-invasive treatment has gained recognition in the sports medicine field for its potential benefits in accelerating the recovery process, and reducing pain and inflammation. SportCat boasts the only machine in Catalunya, and one of only a handful in the entirety of Spain.
Like everything else at the clinic, magnetotherapy is integrated into SportCat’s comprehensive approach to sports medicine. The futuristic-looking machine utilises state-of-the-art devices that emit targe-ted magnetic fields to specific areas of the body. These magnetic fields penetrate deep into the tissues, influencing cellular activity and promoting the body’s natural healing processes.
“If I look back on where we came from, at where we are now and where we will go, I would never have imagined the degree of technological development in the field of sports medicine, especially in tissue recovery”.
One of the key pillars of SportCat’s success lies in their thorough yet holistic approach to sports medicine. The centre houses a team of highly skilled specialists, including sports medicine physicians, physiotherapists, nutritionists, and trainers. This collaborative team works together to provide athletes with comprehensive care that addresses all aspects of their well-being.
It’s clear that SportCat leaves no stone unturned when it comes to preventing injuries, treating them if they do arise and ensuring they don’t happen again. It’s all in the name of maximising an athlete’s potential. SportCat’s influence extends well beyond the walls of their clinic. They have cultivated strong ties with the cycling community in Girona and beyond, becoming an integral part of the local ecosystem. So, if you’re noticing that twinge in your knee a little more, or your shoulders are getting tighter, then we can safely say that SportCat will probably have the answer.
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