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Alberto Contador’s fast recovery with Indiba

When Tinkoff-Saxo’s team leader, Alberto Contador, injured his knee in a crash on stage 10 of Tour de France, the team’s main task was ensuring the quickest recovery possible. The team doctors and body therapists worked closely with medical specialists to plan the recovery program.

Firstly, Alberto had to recover from his cracked tibia. Afterwards we focused on his ligaments, muscles and soft tissue around the injured area. Tinkoff-Saxo had Indiba-experts and team soigneurs Nakano Yoshifumy and Christian Valente conduct one of the most ambitious recovery efforts seen.

As a top athlete, Alberto recovers very quickly. But to speed up the process, Tinkoff-Saxo partnered up with sports medicine specialist Indiba Active. The team’s goal was to try to get Alberto ready for the Vuelta, so he had many treatments in the weeks leading up to the race. His progress was quick and he was ready for the start in Jerez.

Indiba therapy works by stimulating the natural healing process by applying a high frequency current through small noninvasive massage electrodes. During the Vuelta, Alberto Contador continued to receive treatments with Christian Valente.

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However, Indiba is not only used to treat injuries. The entire Vuelta-squad is treated several times during the Grand Tour to recover from the high intensity performances throughout the race.

“It’s a great tool to reach deep structures in the body, where my hands can’t reach. Because they are on their bikes so many hours a day for 21 stages, tension and discomfort will naturally develop. After a treatment, I can see and feel that the riders move more unhindered. It shows that we’re constantly trying to introduce new technology to support performance”, adds team soigneur Christian Valente.

How does Indiba actually work? Read here:

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