Science in soccer

Edwards, Andrew, Polman, Remco, Mann, Michael, and Foskett, Andrew (2008) Science in soccer. In: New Zealand Sports Medicine and Science Conference Programme and Collected Abstracts, p. 37. From: New Zealand Sports Medicine and Science Conference, 13-15 November 2008, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Abstract

The aim of the session is to identify and discuss the role of sports science within elite soccer performance and training. The exercise pattern of soccer can be described as dynamic, random and intermittent to an extent which makes physical conditioning of players a complex process. This provides a huge challenge for coaches to condition players for the specific requirements of the game while also posing the dilemma as to which factors should be prioritised at different phases of the season. This process is further complicated by the inclusion of short-term events such as major soccer championships either in the on- or off-season.

The session will explore the physiological and psychological demands of match play and provide an overview of the causes of fatigue. The role of routine exercise testing during the season will be examined and practical perspectives will be provided to demonstrate the link between sports science and performance in English professional soccer. The session will conclude with a sports science perspective on the acute requirement of preparing for and supporting the New Zealand team's participation at the XXIXth Olympiad.

Item ID: 19050
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
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ISBN: 978-0-909020-07-1
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2012 23:52
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110604 Sports Medicine @ 30%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 70%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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