Special Issue "Data Analytics and Statistical Approaches Applied in Injury Risk, Illness, Well-being, and Exercise Monitoring"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

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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Dear Colleagues,

Assessment and monitoring of exercise are part of the daily process in recreational and professional contexts. These processes aim to provide relevant information for individualizing training plans as well as to help coaches and staff to make better decisions for people. With the progressing number of technological solutions, collecting data has become more relevant as well as increased the complexity of making good inferences for the practice.

Presently, assessing and monitoring exercise is part of the training puzzle and may meaningfully contribute to the final goals: better health and sports performance and reduced risk of injuries and illness.

Among others, performance analysis may include analysis of the physical fitness of athletes, technical/tactical skills, biomechanical characteristics, or even specific outcomes that can be extracted from a competition (i.e., match analysis). Therefore, mathematical methods, statistical techniques, instruments, and methodologies that can improve the collected information and treat it in an optimized way to provide useful and practical information are determinant.

In an effort to push forward innovative approaches, this Special Issue calls for original articles, systematic reviews, or meta-analyses that may meaningfully contribute to the field of data analysis related to injury risk, illness, well-being, and training and match load. Specific articles bridging the gap between science and practice are particularly welcomed.

Dr. Filipe Clemente
Guest Editor

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  • statistics
  • data analytics
  • machine learning
  • sports injuries
  • illness
  • training load
  • wellness

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An Exploratory Data Analysis on the Influence of Role Rotation in a Small-Sided Game on Young Soccer Players
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(13), 6773; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18136773 - 24 Jun 2021
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The aim of the present study was to analyze the behavior of players in a standard small-sided game (SSG) according to the role played (offensive (OF), defensive (DF), and wildcard (W)) and its relationship with physical demands (PHYD), technical performance (TP), and internal [...] Read more.
The aim of the present study was to analyze the behavior of players in a standard small-sided game (SSG) according to the role played (offensive (OF), defensive (DF), and wildcard (W)) and its relationship with physical demands (PHYD), technical performance (TP), and internal load (RPE). A total of 24 young highly trained male soccer players (under 16: n = 12; under 19: n = 12) participated. During the SSG, the players alternated the three roles (OF, DF, and W). The duration of each repetition was 4 min with a passive rest of 3 min between them. Furthermore, it emphasized the high demand in all defensive parameters. In addition, DF roles showed higher values in PHYD and RPE, followed by the OF roles, and finally by the W roles. A complementary, positive moderate correlation was found between PHYD and RPE in the U16 dataset (r = 0.45, p < 0.006). Very large positive correlations were also found between PHYD and RPE in the U19 and merged dataset (r = 0.78, p < 0.001 and r = 0.46, p < 0.63, respectively). This information could be useful for coaches in order to structure the roles in SSGs and control training load. Full article
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