Third episode – They call Him “the wizard of Tecar”
Third episode They call Him “the wizard of Tecar
The self-interview was a recognized neologism in 2008.
It served me as a tool to shed light and order in an ocean of events that I have experienced, which I have clearly in my mind but which I do not they are easy to tell. In 2016 I started thinking about how to start a synthesis work that could be the basis to increase the value of the complex topic called Tecarterapia.
I needed to practice to learn how to write, write an editorial plan, tell the values in the field, describe the road I was going to build and which direction I chose to take.
With enormous effort, I entrusted myself to the guidance of Silvia, an experienced professional writer who followed me with so much patience for “a year”.
Following you can read the third episode with 10 questions and respective answers, written a couple of years ago.
Enjoy the reading
- D. Do you have an episode to tell with the national gymnastics team?
In 2008 I went to the pre-Olympic team of the Italian national team, as a “Tecar expert consultant”.
I introduce myself to technical director Enrico Casella, who tells me to take the Tecar that was stored under a bench in the warehouse and to leave with that device.
At that time the world champion Vanessa Ferrari had the Achilles tendon injury, and CONI had taken charge of her problem and sent me there to give her assistance after another therapist had already done his best using the Tecar as an “iron”.
It’s over today we are in 2019, and I’m still working alongside DT Casella, the new promising national team gymnasts.
2. D. So: what are the most traumatic sports you’ve worked with?
R.Without a doubt: rugby and artistic gymnastics.
On behalf of the “Unibell company”, in 2005 I was doing my job as a consultant for the use of the “Tecar”.
I was with the Italian Rugby National team in the training camp “of the Borghesiana”, before the “6 Nations Tournament”.
I immediately got a real shock in attending to the professionalism of the medical staff of the National Rugby team: a job that for entities, procedures, accuracy, and intensity, that I had never seen before.
An uncommon practical sense was the characteristic that caught the eye observing doctor, physiotherapist and chiropractor in the management of 30 top-level players who needed treatment because they were subjected to continuous trauma.
I felt like at Luna Park, an amusement park, and there was bread for my teeth.
I immediately felt a strong feeling with everyone, medical staff, and players, and I made myself available.
I still keep Sergio Parisse’s tattered shirt in a case, which the team’s press officer allowed me to hold when I picked it up on the sideline after it had been torn off in-game action by a training partner.
With artistic gymnastics, I then learned to really handle the tendon, joint and bone injury, both from indirect to direct trauma.
The young athletes are subjected to workloads that a person outside of this sport cannot even imagine. The demand for performance is complex and involves motor difficulties that are out of the ordinary, and the requirements for strength, stability, elasticity, dexterity, and resistance must all be brought to the maximum expression.
Where the game gets tough, I start playing.
3. D. Do you have a facility where you do your regular business?
R. In 2007 just to have logistic support, a real place where to be able to practice in an organized way, I created what had to be my secret laboratory where I could experiment, were to try my job.
Then the situation took a different turn.
My laboratory was no longer “so secret”, and I was sucked into the hectic activity that involves the organization of a real rehabilitation center with a gym and 3 studios for a total of 8 collaborators.
Today my work setting is very complex, and it is challenging to move on to the whole organizational front.
4. D. How did you get the skills and knowledge to run a rehabilitation center?
R. I worked as an expert on the Indiba application alongside a large number of medical staff in professional teams of every sport in every part of the world.
I have collaborated, and still today, I intervene as a consultant where you need maximum speed in recovery times from an injury, where maximum safety and high quality of the result are required.
So for the daily work of my center, I entrusted myself to good physiotherapists to whom I transmitted the “collected” notions in the various and different working realities in the world.
I made a summary of the best situations and apply them to our center. The application of “Tecartherapy” is based on few things that matter, but if you use it every day, then the complexity of the topic grows due to integration with all the rehabilitation techniques that can be combined.
5. D. So can you tell us how the work is done in your rehabilitation center?
R. “Tecartherapy” is the only electromedical that we apply in our work within the rehabilitation process because it integrates with all the clinical practice focused on movement.
I really like every technology and its application to my work has always been a must.
We use also “Delos” electronic rocking board to verify and develop proprioception, then accelerometers to measure the range of motion and muscle power.
In the last 2 years, we have introduced an iso-inertial system for the analysis of the development of the components of muscle contraction.
Daily we collect data that are then verified in a clinical evidence-based analysis process.
At the moment, we are working on a pilot study that aims to ascertain the effect of the application of “Tecar” on sports performance and recovery of fatigue.
6. D. Do you have a sportsman who impressed you more than others for his physical qualities?
R. There are more than one, but less than five.
But I want to tell you that time with Paul Tergat, hold performer world record marathon, in preparation for the London marathon.
In the last week, he feels pain in his peroneal muscles in his right leg.
I apply the resistive at max power because this is how it is shown to me, or more precisely: imposed.
Result: the day after the treatment was no longer able to run and no longer wanted to be treated by me with “Tecar”.
The same dynamic happened with athlete Vanessa Ferrari when they called me in 2008 to treat her battered Achilles tendon that had been treated by another physio.
On that occasion, as we know, the story took a different turn, but this is another story.
7. D. And athletes you’ve met who stood out for their human qualities?
R. I can say that strong human qualities in professional athletes are not easy to find.
To be clear:
The question I asked myself several times is:
“Why do I have to look for human qualities in professional athletes?”
My own answer:
“Perhaps because everyone likes being recognized as the friend and therapist of the champion on duty.”
Always to be clear:
“No. my answer is no.”
“I am not interested, and I do not try to build a friendship with the champion I work with.”
I learned the lesson the hard way.
Professional athletes excel in every race, are always very concentrated on themselves, in the competition as well as outside.
Champions are concentrated on themselves in training as in personal life.
As well they should be.
I consider it a mistake to work with these “first women” and have expectations of recognition, and I always try to be as professional as possible with them, maintaining a highly reserved attitude and not expecting anything out of the agreements.
If you are looking for high human qualities in top-level athletes, it is like buying a lottery ticket or even finding a message in a bottle thrown into the Atlantic Ocean by a shipwrecked castaway on an uninhabited island.
I was happy and pleased to say that I found the bottle. Indeed I found a couple of.
The confidentiality is “a weapon” that many people who do personal service work use to appear more pleasing, as if being sweet and kind is synonymous with technical ability and skill.
8. D. Which sport have you dedicated your professionalism to most?
R. Question too easy and obvious answer: running, in particular, the Kenyan running.
I probably suffer from Africa sickness, where I have been going for 18 years whenever I can, and there have been years where I managed to stay there a long time. It is the fault of Claudio Berardelli and the “Two Running Club” that has reiterated, without interruption, my desire to relate to Kenyan runners, support them and put them in the best physical conditions to be able to run in international competitions all over the world.
In this regard, we have also been nominated in a couple of books and soon we will appear in a documentary on the Kenyan race, I in a marginal form, Claudio in a much more in-depth way that deserves to be the creator of a unique training system and that does has equal.
What we know today of the application of “Tecartherapy”, (I am sure I am not exaggerating) largely owes it to our observations in treatments with Kenyan athletes.
If I stop to think about it, I believe that to date I have worked more on Kenyan athletes than on the rest of the athletes of every sport I have dealt with.
To optimize my work in Kenya, in a beautiful and challenging environment, I have always kept, superhuman work rhythms that consist every time not only in “Tecar” applications.
Then there are the long sessions of “asset work” in the gym to bridge the weak links of muscle chains, strength development, improvement of proprioception, etc.
Finally, but perhaps the most satisfying aspect of in Kenya, is the continuous training of therapists who allows me to confront and learn from people far away from my European culture.
Finally, I always commit myself to draw up data collection reports that are my strength today.
I could go on to write about my work in Kenya: one day on this subject I could write a book, or maybe I will push Claudio to do it from the top of his right acquired in the field.
9. What is essential to know about this particular physical therapy called Tecartherapy, Tecar or Indiba Activ, however, you named it?
R. It is essential to know that Tecartherapy does not work miracles as the sellers have communicated for years.
You need to know that it is a therapy “high therapist depend on” and you need to know that it is a device that is a significant investment for a professional like the physiotherapist.
All this makes it a discussed controversial therapy and from mixed results.
A few notions are enough to succeed in applying it, but to have good therapeutic results, repeatable, stable and evident, one must study and practice it consistently.
10. D. What were the stages of the process that led to a continuous evolution of the application of “Tecar”?
R.The stages of the evolution of the application of the “Tecar” were not very many. All of them marked by thousands of hours of applications observation of a phenomenon and data collection.
There are printed events in memory that have indelibly marked my way of working, confronting and sharing.
Over the years, I really made my bones, and I have been “kicked in the ass” in many environments, from the academic to the professional sports, and so I’m pretty thick-skinned.
That day when he presented my experience and my observations, in Spain, they who produced the instrument, took me for a fool, madman, and denigrated me openly and haughtily.
Today in 2019, all their marketing is based on my observation that I gave them that day.
11. D. You have worked for 8 years for the Unibell company, which has the merit of having spread the Tecar in Italy. Why did you stop?
R.I stopped because I struggled to build credibility, and I want it to continue to be recognized.
I quit because I was so tired of being presented by the company for what I was not, and today I know what they are.
I quit because I was sick and tired of being introduced as a physiotherapist at congresses by the Unibell company when I wasn’t, even though today I dream of being one.
I stopped because I always put my face in it, and I was sick and tired of solving problems created by the aggressive marketing of the company.
Today I can also say that if I only wanted to, I could be the best professional Tecar seller on the planet.
Maybe one day I will undertake the career of “Tecartherapy seller”.
In truth though I stopped because the money comes after dignity and recently, I managed and ordered to scale my values.
12. D. Will future innovations are applied to the technology used in the instrument called Tecar therapy?
R.The technology used is very sophisticated, and Innovation is a very complicated and delicate issue.
When I talk about Tecartherapy, I always refer to the device that is the protagonist of this whole story: the Indiba SA device that today is recognized as “Indiba Activ” instead of “Tecar” or “Tecarterapia” or even “Diathermy” or Radiofrequency.”
The use of the brand that gave the title to this fairy tale making of magic and emotions has also generated tremendous and historical confusion, and the fable has become a boring never-ending story.
Making Innovation is an action reserved to few, it is a hard game that not everyone can afford and over the years, the most bizarre and dirty commercial bullshits been made by a thousand and more competitors.
A couple of years ago, Indiba SA made an essential upgrade to its devices, and today the latest generation of instruments is genuinely captivating and performing.
It may seem strange, but adjustments have been introduced based on, for example, some observations that I have been making for years.
Another example is the new myofascial electrodes that have recently been launched by Indiba SA on the market.
I presented these instruments to the Spanish company 4 years ago, after a dear friend of mine and I studied them, built them and tried them since 2007.
Making Innovation doesn’t necessarily mean inventing space rockets that go to the moon to grow banana plants.
Innovation means, first of all, to make a process or tool available that in the past was not exist and that if applied today it can change a behaviour or a procedure that can be used by everyone.
Every day there is someone who invents a new “Tecar”
New speaking devices or with LED lights inserted, or adhesive plates for patient comfort, are the run-up to differentiate the product by saying it is innovative because talking or lighting up, without there being a real innovation.
Think that to reach the ISS International Space Station, the astronauts in the Soyuz spacecraft, today in 2019, still, wear the spacesuits that are the same used in 1969 to go to the moon.
I greet you with a quote that put me to the test:
“The true value of a man is determined by examining to what extent and in what sense he has come to free himself from the ego”.