Special Issue "Training for Optimal Sports Performance and Health"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Exercise and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Hadi Nobari *
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1. Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of Granada, 18010 Granada, Spain
2. HEME Research Group, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
3. Department of Exercise Physiology, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan 81746-7344, Iran
4. Sports Scientist, Sepahan Football Club, 81887-78473 Isfahan, Iran
Interests: sports performance; growth of youth and maturation; external load monitoring; training load; well-being; soccer training; injury prevention; strength and conditioning; sports nutrition and supplement; quality of life; reliability; and validity of devices
* Sports Scientist of Sepahan Football Club
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Prof. Dr. Jorge Pérez-Gómez
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Health, Economy, Motricity, and Education (HEME) Research Group, Faculty of Sport Sciences, The University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
Interests: football training; injury prevention; physiology; physical and sports activities as a strategy to promote a healthy society; physical activity interventions; exercise training physical exercise; physical health; assessment of physical capacity; global health; health; quality of life in groups of subjects and active lifestyle; osteoporosis; fall prevention; body composition
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Prof. Dr. Juan Pedro Fuentes García
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Didactic and Behavioral Analysis of Sports (ADICODE) Research Group, Faculty of Sport Sciences, The University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
Interests: tennis training; motor learning; psychophysiological evaluation; sports medicine and exercise; brain activity; cardiovascular physiology; rehabilitation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, which is titled “Training for Optimal Sports Performance” .

A complete and regular set of different areas of sports science are required to achieve optimal sports performance. Exercise physiology is one of the most important and practical fields in sport science that provide information for strength and conditioning coaches in sports teams. For this reason, identifying the physical demands of sports must be a priority for professional coaches. Each sport differs in its physical demands, with a wide range of skills at varying levels of intensity. Athletes are primarily involved in kinds of running, kicking, jumping, sprinting, and changing of direction; these physical abilities require maximum strength, maximal oxygen uptake, anaerobic power, and the neuromuscular system. In order for athletes and sports teams to achieve optimal performance in these physical indicators, the coach must be able to do several things for the athletes and their teams, including the following: (i) fitness assessments—step-by-step evaluations of athletes in different training phases in the competition season and pre-season; (ii) conditioning specific for sports—this means a variety of exercises for running at different speeds, acceleration, deceleration, and exercises in simulated field conditions such as small sided game (SSG); (iii) strength training—this section should include a set of resistance exercises, including weight training, dumbbells, barbells, and functional training; (iv) explosive power, speed, and change of direction development—at this stage, the correct techniques of jumping with one and a pair of legs, jumping on different boxes, sled run, band resisted running, and agility ladders drills; (v) and, almost the most important part that should be prioritized by coaches in all training seasons, is to be able to manage the training load, recovery between training sessions and match, injury prevention, and rehabilitation of players through monitoring, which can be of external load to all types of running, metabolic power, and body load, internal load to the rating of perceived exertion or heart rate and, finally, the well-being status of players using various tools such as the Hooper index questionnaire.

Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue is to identify the training strategies to achieve the desired performance in competitions for athletes, individually or as a team and considering different ages and sports, which can (1) be considered and studied as periodization and programming for training in different periods of the season; (2) keep or lead the athlete to the desired performance by managing the training load; (3) monitor the athlete’s wellness status for preventing the development of over-training syndrome and non-functional overreaching statuses as well as to achieve the desired performance and prevent performance distortion; (4) quantify the relationship between fitness assessments with training loads and well-being status; and (5) examine the role of different types of training such as SSG, agility, speed, and resistance training in different age groups in different teams.

We eagerly anticipate your sensational papers!

Dr. Hadi Nobari
Dr. Jorge Pérez-Gómez
Prof. Dr. Juan Pedro Fuentes García
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • athletes
  • elite
  • external load
  • functional training
  • fitness assessments
  • GPS
  • HIIT
  • injury
  • internal load
  • monitoring
  • NFOR
  • soccer
  • sports
  • speed
  • SSG
  • s-RPE
  • prevention
  • performance
  • periodization
  • professional
  • resistance training
  • RPE
  • training load
  • youth
  • well-being
  • workload

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Potential Improvement in Rehabilitation Quality of 2019 Novel Coronavirus by Isometric Training System; Is There “Muscle-Lung Cross-Talk”?
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6304; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126304 - 10 Jun 2021
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The novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis is now present in more than 200 countries. It started in December 2019 and has, so far, led to more than 149, 470,968 cases, 3,152,121 deaths, and 127,133,013 survivors recovered by 28 April 2021. COVID-19 has [...] Read more.
The novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis is now present in more than 200 countries. It started in December 2019 and has, so far, led to more than 149, 470,968 cases, 3,152,121 deaths, and 127,133,013 survivors recovered by 28 April 2021. COVID-19 has a high morbidity, and mortality of 2%, on average, whereas most people are treated after a period of time. Some people who recover from COVID-19 are left with 20 to 30% decreased lung function. In this context, exercise focused on skeletal muscle with minimal lung involvement could potentially play an important role. Regular exercise protects against diseases associated with chronic low-grade systemic inflammation. This long-term effect of exercise may be ascribed to the anti-inflammatory response elicited by an acute bout of exercise, which is partly mediated by muscle-derived myokines. The isometric training system seems to have this feature, because this system is involved with the skeletal muscle as the target tissue. However, no studies have examined the effect of exercise on the treatment and recovery of COVID-19, and, more importantly, “muscle–lung cross-talk” as a mechanism for COVID-19 treatment. It is suggested that this theoretical construct be examined by researchers. Full article
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