'To measure is to know' in perspective: the important interaction between (the eye of) the coach and data-informed decision-making
This presentation aims to give an overview of how evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence are combined to guide decision-making within a national team setting. The current analytics flow will be explored with an open view on possibilities, challenges and current shortcomings, together with a discussion on the combination of (the eye of) the coach and data-informed decision-making from personal experiences as sport scientist and practioner.
How can thermography help football professionals to reduce injury incidence and improve return to play condition?
Infrared Thermography is a non-invasive technology that allows you to measure skin temperature by taking a picture: a fast, objective and easy way to quantify internal load. Used in different sectors for decades, Thermography has become more popular in the high performance field in recent years. This is thanks to the increasing number of scientific […]
Presentation will cover the following topics: Aerobic effects of SSGs Effects on linear sprinting and change-of-direction Effects on vertical height jump Effects on repeated-sprint ability Effects on technical execution Combining SSG and other training methods SSG in untrained and clinical populations
Sprint performance and mechanics (force-velocity-power output) are key physical feature in football They are usually tested through maximal acceleration and speed tests, which might be challenging to schedule in real-life scenarios A novel approach, the « in-situ individual acceleration-speed profile » will remove this limitation by « testing the players without testing them
During the 2019-20 competitive period, the Italian Serie A was stopped in an attempt to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For this unprecedented situation like millions of global citizens players were sent to mandatory home-isolation and they performed only home-based training sessions. The Covid-19 lockdown mainly affected some neuromuscular qualities of professional soccer […]
Small-sided games are intended to replicate (parts of) the official match. Benefits of playing those training formats in practice is that physical, technical, and tactical capacities are simultaneously stressed. Usually, those small-sided games are modified in number of players, pitch size, or other playing rules to meet specific practice outcomes. This presentation will give an […]
Football has now moved into the information age, or more precisely an advanced technology age and as such ‘hyper-niche’ knowledge is driving major changes in all areas of the game especially in match analytics. Context adds a narrative to match analysis data, and if we have a narrative around the numbers this aids translation […]
The presentation aims to introduce some of the recent findings about training load management in elite football. Different soccer-specific drills such as small- or large-sided games (SSGs), positional drills, etc. are largely utilized to integrate technical, tactical, physical and psychological demands during training routines. Therefore, the SSGs intensity is a crucial feature for coaches and […]
Adaptations from training are dependent on the balance between exercise stimulus and recovery. In order to speed-up recovery, cold modalities have been widely used both in research and within team sports athletes. Although some studies support the acute benefits of cold modalities on recovery, some literature suggests that chronic use of such modalities can negatively […]