In een wereld waar steeds meer pijnstillers worden gebruikt om door te lopen, komt er uit de Amerikaanse stad Portland een ander geluid. Alberto Salazar, hoofdcoach van het Nike Oregon Project, is voor ‘drug free’ behandeling van zijn atleten. In de voorbereiding en bij herstel van blessures van toppers zoals Galen Rupp en Mo Farah maakt hij gebruik van zo gehete multi radiance medical lasers.
Elizabeth Hayes van de Portland Business Journal stelde Alberto Salazar onlangs per e-mail een aantal vragen over zijn behandelmethode met lasers.
Why do you use the Multi Radiance lasers?
Alberto Salazar: To manage acute and chronic pain and reduce inflammation. When an athlete runs that one extra 400-meter interval that they shouldn’t have, the resulting injury can mean several more weeks of downtime. The sooner we can interrupt the injury process and start therapy, the faster the recovery.
How often do athletes you coach need them?
Alberto Salazar: We use the lasers at the first sign of injury to limit an exaggerated inflammatory response that can delay healing and help the athlete return to training more quickly.
How concerned are you about the use of prescription painkillers and the potential for abuse in professional sports?
Alberto Salazar: We believe in cutting edge, non-invasive technology like Multi Radiance lasers and look forward to the day when such innovations will be widely accepted by the sports medicine community. If this type of technology had been available when I was still competing, I could have continued to train through injuries with considerably less damage.
A big part of success is keeping your athletes healthy and injury free. How have your approaches to these issues changed over the years?
Alberto Salazar: Our approach has moved away from simply treating injuries to focusing on injury prevention and keeping existing injuries from getting worse by treating them immediately with new innovations like Multi Radiance lasers.