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Napoli credit low injury rate to 'no sex' rule

[Saturday, September 08, 2012 ]

Napoli's medical chief has shed some light on the reason the Partenopei squad has remained stout despite grueling fixtures: No sex for two days before a match.

Napoli players have been banned from having sex two days before a game to prevent injuries
Napoli players have been banned from having sex two days before a game to prevent injuries

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While AC Milan have an on-going injury crisis, many of them muscular in nature, Napoli rarely have players out for this type of problem.

Speaking to newspaper Corriere del Mezzogiorno, Napoli team doctor Alfonso De Nicola explained: "Avoiding sexual activity for two days before a game is fundamental to prevent muscular strains, contractions or inflammations.

"It is the rule for our squad. There is also a specific work done by my staff and the fitness coaches which is aimed more at prevention than cure.

"The alarm bells for an injury can go off at any time and a signal has to be immediate, just as the consultation is very quickly organised.

"The players must be praised for the professional approach they take in their private lives too. They must always continue certain exercises at home that are taught in the training camp.

"For example, an alteration in posture can create an anomaly in their movements. There are simple rules to follow even when they are not training.

"If a player has a muscle that tends to contract, he must perform movements that tend to stretch it at any time of the day."


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