Special Issue "Football Science—From Health to Sports Performance"

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: 30 September 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tomás Garcia-Calvo
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Faculty of Sports Sciences, University of Extremadura, Badajoz 06006, Spain
Interests: psychology; self-determination; team sports; performance analysis
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Dr. Filipe Manuel Clemente
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Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, School of Sport and Leisure, 4960-320 Melgaço, Portugal
Interests: football; soccer; match analysis; performance analysis; network analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A Topical Collection on Football Science and Physical Health, in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, is being organized.

Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, contributing to 6% of deaths worldwide. In this context, the urgent need to create and develop intervention programs that are effective in promoting active lifestyles has been emphasized by different entities (e.g., WHO and UNESCO).

Since football is the most popular sport in the world, and taking into account that its variants (futsal, beach soccer) are growing exponentially in terms of the number of practitioners, we can emphasize the importance of this sport in promoting healthier lifestyles.

In this sense, researchers are invited to submit investigations that focus their analysis on the effects that regular practice of the sport may have on the health of its practitioners at different competitive levels (recreational, amateur, professional), and also on the analysis of current trends in the collective behaviors of these forms of the game (soccer, futsal and beach soccer).

The keywords listed below provide an outline of some of the possible areas of interest. 

Dr. Hugo Miguel Borges Sarmento
Dr. Tomás Garcia-Calvo
Dr. Filipe Manuel Clemente
Dr. Adilson Marques
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • football
  • futsal
  • beach soccer
  • health care setting
  • prevention
  • treatment
  • disease
  • non-communicable disease
  • recreational sport
  • professional sport
  • load monitoring
  • performance analysis
  • match analysis
  • game analysis
  • collective behavior

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The Effect of the COVID-19 Lockdown on the Position-Specific Match Running Performance of Professional Football Players; Preliminary Observational Study
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(22), 12221; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph182212221 - 21 Nov 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted professional football in the 2019/2020 season, and football experts anticipate that the consequences of lockdown measures will negatively affect the physical performance of players once competition restarts. This study aimed to evaluate position-specific match running performance (MRP) to determine [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted professional football in the 2019/2020 season, and football experts anticipate that the consequences of lockdown measures will negatively affect the physical performance of players once competition restarts. This study aimed to evaluate position-specific match running performance (MRP) to determine the effect of COVID-19 lockdowns on the physical performance of professional football players. Players’ MRPs (n = 124) were observed in matches before and after the COVID-19 lockdown in the 2019/2020 season of the highest level of national competition in Croatia and were classified according to player position: central defenders (CD; n = 42), fullbacks (FB; n = 20), midfielders (MF; n = 46), and forwards (FW; n = 16). The MRPs were measured using Global Positioning System, and included the total distance covered, low-intensity running (≤14.3 km/h), running (14.4–19.7 km/h), high-intensity running (≥19.8 km/h), total accelerations (>0.5 m/s2), high-intensity accelerations (>3 m/s2), total decelerations (less than –0.5 m/s2), and high-intensity decelerations (less than –3 m/s2). The results indicated that, in matches after the COVID-19 lockdown, (i) CDs and FBs featured lower running and high-intensity running (t-value: from 2.05 to 3.51; all p < 0.05; moderate to large effect sizes), (ii) MFs covered a greater distance in low-intensity running and achieved a lower number of total accelerations, and total and high-intensity decelerations (t-value: from –3.54 to 2.46; all p < 0.05, moderate to large effect sizes), and (iii) FWs featured lower high-intensity running (t-value = 2.66, p = 0.02, large effect size). These findings demonstrate that the physical performances of football players from the Croatian first division significantly decreased in matches after the COVID-19 lockdown. A combination of inadequate adaptation to football-specific match demands and a crowded schedule after the competition was restarted most likely resulted in such an effect. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Football Science—From Health to Sports Performance)
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