Special Issue "Training, Screening and Monitoring in Soccer"
A special issue of Sports (ISSN 2075-4663).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2019).
Interests: strength and conditioning; athlete testing and monitoring; data analysis; movement screening; performance modelling; testosterone and behavior
Interests: strength and conditioning; athlete testing and monitoring; neuromuscular profiling; movement screening; injury prevention; performance modelling; youth soccer; return to sport monitoring and training
Soccer continues to be influenced by the advances made in sport science and strength and conditioning. Firstly, the use of GPS and RPE are now routine, enabling the quantification of the training-load as well as describing the physiological demands imposed on its athletes. However, as practitioner experience with these systems grows, a more detailed and contextualized profile can be defined to further inform the coaching staff. Thus, more research is needed, for example, into the work performed during the phases of ball in play, during popular training modalities, and using various models of periodised training weeks. Furthermore, the relationship between various modes of fitness and match performance requires further attention, if the strength and conditioning practices of soccer athletes, including the more contemporary exercise techniques currently in use, are to be justified and optimized. Finally, given the impact that a single player can have on match outcomes (and the financial implications this can have on the club), more research is required for the screening of movement dysfunctions to ensure valid and reliable methods are used, that map back to the challenges faced by today’s soccer athletes. This Special Issue aims to address some of these issues and thus further our understanding of the physiological demands presented within soccer, along with the strength and conditioning training required to best support performance and match availability.
Prof. Anthony Turner
Dr. Paul Read
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- Movement screening
- Injury risk profiling
- Player profiling
- Neuromuscular readiness to re-perform
- Enhancement of physical capacities
- Fitness testing