Special Issue "Physical Load Monitoring in Competitive Sport"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Sport and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Juan José Pulido González
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Guest Editor
Department of Didactics of Plastic, Music, and Body Expression, Faculty of Sports Science, University of Extremadura, Avda. de la Universidad, S/N, 10003 Caceres, Spain
Interests: matching physical demands; physical performance; training load; monitoring load; mental load; mental fatigue; teams sport; soccer
Dr. Javier Raya-González
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Isabel I, C/Fernán González, 09003 Burgos, Spain
Interests: match demands; training load; monitoring; team sports; soccer; sport injuries, injury prevention; strength and conditioning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, an exponential increase in empirical research based on the monitoring and assessment of physical load in sports has been observed, specifically about the key role of the strength and conditioning coaches in monitoring training and match load supported by athletes in both individual and team sports. This information, together with the evolution in the load patterns in sports, in terms of external demands, suggest the need to continue investigating how practitioners can monitor physical performance to design specific training tasks which reproduce competition demands, improving the physical fitness and reducing the injury risk.

We are pleased to inform you that this Special Issue, entitled “Physical Load Monitoring in Competitive Sport”, is focused on answering many questions raised in previous research about the importance that practitioners have in monitoring the physical load in sports on their athletes and, in turn, highlighting strategies and practical implications applicable to team sport. These potential articles represent an interesting source of related work and may be very useful for practitioners, coaches and researchers who work with/investigate athletes and physical load.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Juan José Pulido González
Dr. Javier Raya-González
Guest Editors

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  • physical performance
  • training load
  • sport performance
  • training testing
  • matching physical demands
  • workload
  • movement patterns
  • time motion analysis

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The Effect of Weekly Training Load across a Competitive Microcycle on Contextual Variables in Professional Soccer
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(10), 5091; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18105091 - 11 May 2021
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Analysis of the key performance variables in soccer is one of the most continuous and attractive research topics. Using global positioning devices (GPS), the primary aim of this study was to highlight the physiological response of a professional soccer team across competitive microcycles [...] Read more.
Analysis of the key performance variables in soccer is one of the most continuous and attractive research topics. Using global positioning devices (GPS), the primary aim of this study was to highlight the physiological response of a professional soccer team across competitive microcycles in-season according to the most influential contextual performance variables. Determining the training load (TL), a work ratio was established between all recorded data within the training sessions and the competitive profile (CP). Each microcycle was classified in accordance with the contextual variables: opponent level (high, medium, low), match location (home and away) and score (win, draw, lose). Results revealed that the team were significantly more successful (games won) in competitive games against high-level opponents and when played at home. Cumulative microcycle/weekly training load (WTL) was significantly lower when the team won. In addition to the opponent level and the match location, WTL could condition the athlete’s performance in the competition. Competitive performance responses are the main source of information for the planning of training programs. The results of this study could be used as a reference to structure TL and WTL according to contextual variables in the competition. This study, which is the first of its kind, revealed that WTL effects the performance of the players in the competition. Full article
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