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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345547/are-current-physical-match-performance-metrics-in-elite-soccer-fit-for-purpose-or-is-the-adoption-of-an-integrated-approach-needed
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Paul S Bradley, Jack D Ade
Time-motion analysis is a valuable data-collection technique used to quantify the physical match performance of elite soccer players. For over 40 years researchers have adopted a 'traditional' approach when evaluating match demands by simply reporting the distance covered or time spent along a motion continuum of walking through to sprinting. This methodology quantifies physical metrics in isolation without integrating other factors and this ultimately leads to a one-dimensional insight into match performance...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339991/multivariate-profiles-of-selected-versus-non-selected-elite-youth-brazilian-soccer-players
#2
Rodrigo Aquino, Isabella S Alves, Maickel B Padilha, Filipe Casanova, Enrico F Puggina, José Maia
This study determined whether a multivariate profile more effectively discriminated selected than non-selected elite youth Brazilian soccer players. This examination was carried out on 66 youth soccer players (selected, n = 28, mean age 16.3 ± 0.1; non-selected, n = 38, mean age 16.7 ± 0.4) using objective instruments. Multivariate profiles were assessed through anthropometric characteristics, biological maturation, tactical-technical skills, and motor performance. The Student's t-test identified that selected players exhibited significantly higher values for height (t = 2...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339989/association-between-match-activity-variables-measures-of-fatigue-and-neuromuscular-performance-capacity-following-elite-competitive-soccer-matches
#3
Ian Varley, Ryan Lewin, Robert Needham, Robin T Thorpe, Ross Burbeary
The aim of the study was to assess the relationships between match activity variables, subsequent fatigue and neuromuscular performance capacity in elite soccer players. Subjects (n = 10) were professional soccer players participating in the English Championships. Match activity variables and markers of fatigue status were measured before and following two matches. Creatine kinase (CK) and muscle soreness were measured at baseline, immediately following, as well as 40 and 64 h post-match. Countermovement jump performance and perceived ratings of wellness were measured at baseline, then 40 and 64 h post-match...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339987/physiological-demands-morphological-characteristics-physical-abilities-and-injuries-of-female-soccer-players
#4
Zoran Milanović, Goran Sporiš, Nic James, Nebojša Trajković, Aleksandar Ignjatović, Hugo Sarmento, Athos Trecroci, Bruno Miguel Borges Mendes
The popularity of female soccer is increasing as well as the number of females playing soccer. Similarly, over the last twenty or so years, research in soccer has increased significantly, but a large disparity exists in the volume of studies involving male and female players. As a consequence of this, female players remain less well understood compared to males. The purpose of the present narrative review was to describe morphological characteristics, physiological demands, physical abilities and injuries in female soccer players...
December 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334309/effects-of-resisted-sprint-training-on-sprinting-ability-and-change-of-direction-speed-in-professional-soccer-players
#5
Saulo Gil, Renato Barroso, Everton Crivoi do Carmo, Irineu Loturco, Ronaldo Kobal, Valmor Tricoli, Carlos Ugrinowitsch, Hamilton Roschel
Resisted sprint training consists of performing overloaded sprints, which may produce greater effects than traditional sprint training. We compared a resisted sprint training with overload control versus an unresisted sprint training program on performance in soccer players. Eighteen elite athletes were randomly assigned to resisted (RST) or unresisted sprint training protocol (UR). Before and after a 6-week training period, sprinting ability, change of direction speed (COD), vertical jumps (SJ and CMJ), mean power (MP) and mean propulsive power (MPP) at distinct loads were assessed...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325759/snps-in-the-vicinity-of-p2x7r-rank-rankl-opg-and-wnt-signalling-pathways-and-their-association-with-bone-phenotypes-in-academy-footballers
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Ian Varley, David C Hughes, Julie P Greeves, William D Fraser, Craig Sale
CONTEXT: Genotype plays an important role in influencing bone phenotypes, such as bone mineral density, but the role of genotype in determining responses of bone to exercise has yet to be elucidated. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether 10 SNPs associated with genes in the vicinity of P2X7R, RANK/RANKL/OPG and Wnt Signalling Pathways are associated with bone phenotypes in elite academy footballers (Soccer players) and to determine whether these genotypes are associated with training induced changes in bone...
January 8, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324577/physical-fitness-performance-of-young-professional-soccer-players-does-not-change-during-several-training-seasons-in-a-spanish-elite-reserve-team-a-club-study-1996-2013
#7
Asier Los Arcos, Javier Martins
The purpose of the study was to assess the changes in physical fitness performance in young professional soccer players during several training seasons in a Spanish elite reserve team. Physical test values (i.e. vertical jump test, straight line sprint test, and discontinuous and progressive submaximal running test) of 97 young professional soccer players that belonged for at least two consecutive seasons to the reserve team of a Spanish professional team from 1996 to 2013 were analyzed. A distinction was made between the soccer players that were promoted to the Spanish 1/2 Divisions (n = 38) (PFL) and those that were not (n = 59) (non-PFL) (until the end of the 2016/2017 season)...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299878/talent-identification-and-development-in-male-football-a-systematic-review
#8
REVIEW
Hugo Sarmento, M Teresa Anguera, Antonino Pereira, Duarte Araújo
BACKGROUND: Expertise has been extensively studied in several sports over recent years. The specificities of how excellence is achieved in Association Football, a sport practiced worldwide, are being repeatedly investigated by many researchers through a variety of approaches and scientific disciplines. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review was to identify and synthesise the most significant literature addressing talent identification and development in football. We identified the most frequently researched topics and characterised their methodologies...
January 3, 2018: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283696/the-neuromuscular-determinants-of-unilateral-jump-performance-in-soccer-players-are-direction-specific
#9
Conall Murtagh, Christopher Nulty, Jos Vanrenterghem, Andy O'Boyle, Ryland Morgans, Barry Drust, Robert Erskine
PURPOSE: To investigate differences in neuromuscular factors between elite and non-elite players, and to establish which factors underpin direction-specific unilateral jump performance. METHODS: Elite (n=23; age, 18.1 ± 1.0 yrs; BMI, 23.1 ± 1.8 kg/m2) and non-elite (n=20; age, 22.3 ± 2.7 yrs; BMI, 23.8 ± 1.8 kg/m2) soccer players performed three unilateral countermovement jumps (CMJs) on a force platform in the vertical, horizontal-forward and medial directions...
December 28, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231753/rates-of-insufficiency-and-deficiency-of-vitamin-d-levels-in-elite-professional-male-and-female-skiers-a-chronobiologic-approach
#10
Jacopo Antonino Vitale, Giovanni Lombardi, Luca Cavaleri, Rosa Graziani, Herbert Schoenhuber, Antonio La Torre, Giuseppe Banfi
Vitamin D is essential for the maintenance and promotion of musculoskeletal health, for the functioning of the immune, cardiovascular and reproductive systems, and its main action is to keep calcium and phosphate plasmatic physiological concentrations at intestinal, renal and bony level. Vitamin D affects several parameters related to physical performance too and a particularly high percentage of vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency in professional athletes has been observed. Several variables are able to impair the synthesis of 25(OH)D in athletes, specifically both genetic and environmental factors, but the most probable explanation for the deficient/insufficient vitamin D levels is the insufficient ultraviolet B light (UVB) exposure during winter...
December 12, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202784/sprint-and-jump-performance-in-elite-male-soccer-players-following-a-10-week-nordic-hamstring-exercise-protocol-a-randomised-pilot-study
#11
K Krommes, J Petersen, M B Nielsen, P Aagaard, P Hölmich, K Thorborg
OBJECTIVE: The preseason Nordic Hamstring Protocol (NHP) reduces hamstring strain injuries in football players. Despite persisting injury rates, elite clubs are reluctant to apply the NHP often over concerns of negative impacts on performance. This pilot study investigated if sprint or jump-performance outcomes tended to increase or decrease following implementation of the NHP in elite male soccer-players. RESULTS: Nineteen male soccer players from the Danish 1st division were randomised to perform NHP (27 sessions) during pre-season, or to control group (CG)...
December 4, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199786/analysis-of-the-acceleration-profile-according-to-initial-speed-and-positional-role-in-elite-professional-male-soccer-players
#12
Moisés de Hoyo, Borja Sañudo, Luis Suárez-Arrones, Luis Carrasco, Tom Joel, Sergio Domínguez-Cobo, Francisco J Núñez
BACKGROUND: The aim of the current study was to analyse the acceleration profile in elite professional soccer players according to their initial speed but also considering players' position. METHODS: Players' accelerations profiles were analysed using a relative acceleration profile according to the initial speed (S1, from 0 to 7 km/h; S2, from 7.1 to 14.3 km/h; and S3, ≥14.4 km/h) and the maximum acceleration. RESULTS: Within-group analyses showed that Center Backs (CB) performed more high intensity accelerations (likely) when they started in S1 than S2 (ES: 0...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199782/anthropometric-and-physiological-characteristics-of-male-soccer-players-according-to-their-competitive-level-playing-position-and-age-group-a-systematic-review
#13
Maamer Slimani, Pantelis T Nikolaidis
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present systematic review was to profile soccer players' anthropometric, physiological, and physical attributes relative to different competitive levels, playing positions and age groups. METHODS: The systematic search was conducted using different databases and according to the Population/Intervention or Exposure/Comparison/Outcome(s) [PICO] criteria. RESULTS: The present review shows that the somatotype characteristics, percentage (%) of body fat, maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), repeatedsprint ability (RSA), running speed, strength, and muscular power of the lower limbs were the most powerful discriminators between male soccer players of different competitive levels, playing positions, and age groups...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177074/prognostic-factors-for-specific-lower-extremity-and-spinal-musculoskeletal-injuries-identified-through-medical-screening-and-training-load-monitoring-in-professional-football-soccer-a-systematic-review
#14
Tom Hughes, Jamie C Sergeant, Matthew J Parkes, Michael J Callaghan
Background: Medical screening and load monitoring procedures are commonly used in professional football to assess factors perceived to be associated with injury. Objectives: To identify prognostic factors (PFs) and models for lower extremity and spinal musculoskeletal injuries in professional/elite football players from medical screening and training load monitoring processes. Methods: The MEDLINE, AMED, EMBASE, CINAHL Plus, SPORTDiscus and PubMed electronic bibliographic databases were searched (from inception to January 2017)...
2017: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29176387/effects-of-plyometric-and-directional-training-on-speed-and-jump-performance-in-elite-youth-soccer-players
#15
Marco Beato, Mattia Bianchi, Giuseppe Coratella, Michele Merlini, Barry Drust
Soccer players perform approximately 1350 activities (every 4-6 s), such as accelerations/decelerations, and changes of direction (COD) during matches. It is well established that COD and plyometric training have a positive impact on fitness parameters in football players. This study analyzed the effect of a complex COD and plyometric protocol (CODJ-G) compared to an isolated COD protocol (COD-G) training on elite football players.A randomized pre-post parallel group trial was used in this study. Twenty-one youth players were enrolled in this study (mean ± SDs; age 17 ± 0...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158958/the-functional-movement-screen-fms%C3%A2-in-elite-young-soccer-players-between-14-and-20-years-composite-score-individual-test-scores-and-asymmetries
#16
Vanessa Bernardes Marques, Thales Menezes Medeiros, Felipe de Souza Stigger, Fábio Yuzo Nakamura, Bruno Manfredini Baroni
Background: The Functional Movement Screen (FMS™) is a widely used seven-test battery used by practitioners working in sport medicine. The FMS™ composite score (sum of seven tests) in soccer athletes from different competitive levels has been well explored in literature, but the specific movement deficits presented by young high competitive level players remains unclear. Purpose: The aim of the present study was to provide a detailed description of the performance of elite young soccer players (age 14-20 years) on the FMS™ testing battery...
November 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149240/z-scores-based-methods-and-their-application-to-biological-monitoring-an-example-in-professional-soccer-players
#17
Guillaume Saulière, Jérôme Dedecker, Laurie-Anne Marquet, Pierre Rochcongar, Jean-Francois Toussaint, Geoffroy Berthelot
The clinical and biological follow-up of individuals, such as the biological passport for athletes, is typically based on the individual and longitudinal monitoring of hematological or urine markers. These follow-ups aim to identify abnormal behavior by comparing the individual's biological samples to an established baseline. These comparisons may be done via different ways, but each of them requires an appropriate extra population to compute the significance levels, which is a non-trivial issue. Moreover, it is not necessarily relevant to compare the measures of a biomarker of a professional athlete to that of a reference population (even restricted to other athletes), and a reasonable alternative is to detect the abnormal values by considering only the other measurements of the same athlete...
November 15, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130575/a-prospective-investigation-to-evaluate-risk-factors-for-lower-extremity-injury-risk-in-male-youth-soccer-players
#18
Paul J Read, Jon L Oliver, Mark B A De Ste Croix, Gregory D Myer, Rhodri S Lloyd
There is an inherent risk of injury in male youth football; however, pertinent risk factors for injury have yet to be examined. This study used a prospective cohort design with 357 elite male youth football players (aged 10-18 years) assessed during the pre-season period and then monitored during the season recording all non-contact lower extremity injuries. Screening tests included: single leg hop for distance (SLHD); 75% of maximum hop and stick (75%Hop); single leg countermovement jump (SLCMJ); and the tuck jump assessment (TJ)...
November 11, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125037/an-audit-of-injuries-in-six-english-professional-soccer-academies
#19
Paul J Read, Jon L Oliver, Mark B A De Ste Croix, Gregory D Myer, Rhodri S Lloyd
Regulations now state that professional academies in the United Kingdom are required to substantially increase the volume of soccer training. This study assessed the current injury occurrence, providing an update to reports published prior to the introduction of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP). 608 soccer players aged 11-18 years from six professional soccer clubs were prospectively monitored, recording injuries during the 2014-2015 season. An injury rate of 1.32 injuries per player/season was indicated with a mean time loss of 21...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125029/match-derived-relative-pitch-area-changes-the-physical-and-team-tactical-performance-of-elite-soccer-players-in-small-sided-soccer-games
#20
Sigrid B H Olthof, Wouter G P Frencken, Koen A P M Lemmink
Small-sided games (SSGs) are used in training sessions to prepare for full-sized matches. For the same number of players, smaller pitch sizes result in decreased physical performance and shorter interpersonal distances. A relative pitch area derived from the full-sized match results in larger pitch sizes and this may increase the fit between SSGs and full-sized matches. This study aimed to investigate SSGs with a traditional small pitch and a match-derived relative pitch area in youth elite soccer players. Four age categories (under-13, under-15, under-17 and under-19) played 4 vs...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
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