Hello, everybody, today we will discover the medical staff. We’re on! The brute ! So we have a doctor, Serge, who’s been with us for ages … and ages. He was here long before I came and it’s the same for one of our physios. As for Serge, whom I knew in Cholet, he was my physio at that time and he was already with Team France. And then there’s the 2nd physio, Nicolas, who is with Nanterre, and we are also assisted by an osteopath, Benoît, who has a huge amount of professional experience, he has been with Pau for many years and still lives there, so there’s a medical staff that’s been working with Team France for many many years. It’s interesting to have them around and to be able to effectively communicate. Before each training session, each match, we are at their disposal so once they ask for us, we’re sure to perform. The specificity of working with Team France, I find, is being fully available at any time. Nico, I always call him the brute, because if you want to have a hard rubdown, you call Nico, whereas Serge is quite the opposite: milder, calmer, more serene. We take care, we treat injuries, we act preventively as well, so there’s a lot of work in the evening. It’s true that matches often end late, and post-game recovery is important, and since there may be a match the day after, we see the players late at night, up to 2 or 3 A.M., and occasionally even later to speed up recovery before the next day’s make-or-break encounter. A high-level athlete is a race car, a Formula 1, so there’s a lot of training, far more than the man on the street. This means there is muscle fatigue, joint fatigue, physiological fatigue, psychological fatigue; in fact, we strive to restore the machine’s overall balance. It’s not because you’re not injured that your body is shielded from muscle or joint fatigue or things like that. Being cared for when you’re not injured, that’s optimal, it allows you to sustain your form and avoid getting hurt. The goal is to provide the body with the capacity to compensate when it is necessary for some imbalance and, above all, to recover as quickly as possible Over the years we have always had the same doctor, we have always had the same physios, the same osteopaths, and its good that they know us, and that we know them. They work all day long to help reduce our wear and tear, whether it’s the physio, the osteopaths, the massagers, etc., etc… It’s an aspect of competition of primordial importance and that we don’t hear about enough; during preparation aches and pains are inevitable, and it matters to have a competent staff. They’re the ones who constantly give us information on who’s available, who should be spared, and who can participate in an entire training session. One of the key points is to remain in good health and to be able to recover between the training sessions and the matches. They’re not the ones you see, whom you hear about on TV and who appear in the media. As players, it’s up to us to do what’s necessary, but they’re here to help us, and they’re the best! We have several recovery apparatuses, we often use Winback equipment it’s tecar therapy, which favors recovery and scarring of the tendons or muscles. And then we have two apparatuses of pure recovery, there’s “Game Ready” with cold water treatment, we fill the tub with ice, and we also use sleeves for the ankles, the shoulders and the legs. And then there’s Normatec, pure pressotherapy, first the limbs are inflated: feet, ankles, calves, thighs. And we have another apparatus, it’s the bathtub. Every day 50 kilograms of ice are delivered and the players take cold baths for the feet, or the legs, or the entire body. I feel better, fresher, more energetic, it’s really beneficial. The ideal thing is to do it after every training session, but in foreign countries there may be no occasion, so we improvise a little, but it’s just as effective as an actual cold bath. Nowadays many venues are equipped, so we can take cold baths wherever we are, right after training. It gives you a boost, afterwards you sleep well, you feel rested, it’s good. it’s good. The machine we use the most, it’s our hands, and… and the coffee machine. Especially the coffee machine. For Serge, coffee’s very important. My role is that of a GP. I’m closely involved with nutrition, with elaboration of menus according to each person’s desires and wishes, but it also matters that the nutrition meet the needs of professional athletes. And there’s the typical player with food intolerance who requests advice, and then there’s the grand Boris who’s allergic to shrimp. The Professor. Professor Boris. And it’s not easy. I give instructions when they’re sick, particularly in cases of digestive disorder, , I tell them what to eat, what not to eat, knowing that they are grown men with rigorous professional behavior who are fully aware of their dietary needs. There will be nothing left to eat, Axel, once Gobi has been served. Business as usual. Final preparation match for Team France, against the vice-champions of Europe, the Olympic vice-champions the World vice-champions : The Serbians They are rough, tough, physical; it’s to be expected. The match is over. The objective, it’s the competition, and we must heighten the level, up to now we were in preparation, competition implies supplementary efforts. There’s good and there’s less good, but we are totally confident about tomorrow and the competition, we’ve progressed well. We’re lucky to have Doris who joins us for the competition, she works all year long with an NBA franchise, and now, during the 15 days of competition she will help us to recover, she’s another member of the staff, and that’s good. I’m a neuromuscular therapist and the idea is to enable the players to boost their on-court performances, to alleviate their pain, to prevent injury, and to achieve rehabilitation. Little known in France, this work builds bridges between the osteopaths, the physios, the massagers; in fact, it provides an additional tool. No, no the madman. He’ll destroy my career. What’s more, I’m like that… We’re a little like athletes, indirectly, our goal it’s performance, and I’ve always admired the world of sports, we must react very quickly in a complicated situation, and that’s one of the ground rules of sport therapy. My objective is that when a player is on the court, he’s 100% operational, and glad to be feeling good.