Academic News, Fitness News

How diet and lifestyle choices impact athletic performance and risk of infection

Professional football (Soccer) players are exposed to large amounts of physiological and psychological stress, which can increase infection risk and threaten availability for training and competition.

Most athletes do take their diets seriously, however, this isn’t always the case and with up to 50 competitive, high-pressure games in a nine month period as well as training almost every day, players who do not prioritise their diet put themselves at increased risk of infection.

International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism recently published a Case Study: Nutritional and Lifestyle Support to Reduce Infection Incidence in an InternationalStandard Premier League Soccer Player. 

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Weather and jet lag implications for footballers

With all the recent news of elite football players moving to China and the controversial upcoming FIFA World Cups being hosted in Russia (2018) and Qatar (2022) travel and weather is a ‘hot’ topic in elite level football.

Can these elite professionals be affected on the pitch by changing weather conditions and long commutes for away games?  Continue reading

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Academic News, Books, Fitness News

Use science to develop your players and teams

97814504967971Editor and current Head of Athletic Development at Manchester United Tony Strudwick presents a who’s who list of international experts in Soccer Science.

Learn and improve with insights from some of the world’s leading footballing authorities, including English Premier League, European and Champion’s League teams, Major League Soccer and FIFA medical staff.

Soccer Science gives you advanced yet accessible information on biomechanics, physiology, psychology, skill acquisition, coaching and performance and match analysis.

Normal Price: £21.99 | €33.40
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New study uses GPS technology to predict football injuries

With the Premier League opener just under a week away, and with the likes of Liverpool’s James Milner, Everton’s Muhamed Besic and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere likely to miss their first games, injuries have been something of a talking point. But what if there was a way to predict and stop a player from getting injured before it even happened? Impossible? Well, researchers from the University of Birmingham and Southampton Football Club have been trying to achieve just that.

They’ve been busy analysing the performance of youth players and observing the links between their training and injury. Their findings have recently been published and hint that footballers’ injuries could indeed be predicted by assessing their workloads during training and competitive matches.

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Science + Football Conference 2016

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In anticipation for forthcoming Soccer Science by Tony Strudwick, we are pleased to announce our partnership with the Science + Football Conference.

The Science + Football Conference 2016 will take place at the FA National Sporting Centre, St George’s Park, Burton upon Trent on the 1st May. Continue reading

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Academic News, PE News

New study into concussion in sport

A new study, Concussion in Sport, seeks to establish whether retired sportsmen and sportswomen have an increased incidence, or suffer an earlier onset, of neuro-degenerative disorders.

The initial screening process will focus on retired jockeys and former champion jockeys Richard Dunwoody, Sir Tony McCoy, Peter Scudamore, John Francome and Stan Mellor have volunteered for screening.

Funding and support for the project, which will subsequently extend to all sports in which concussion is a recognised risk, has come from a range of sources, including the Injured Jockeys’ Fund (IJF), racehorse owners Godolphin and American football’s NFL, as well as private backers.

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Free webinar presented by renowned sport psychologist, Bill Beswick

Bill Beswick“Developing the Mindset of Winning Teams”
Presented by Bill Beswick
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM GMT
Wednesday 3rd February 2016

This webinar is a must for anyone involved in the coaching or management of sports teams.

In it, Bill will draw upon his work as performance psychologist with national and elite teams in a variety of sports, Premier League and European football clubs and USA college soccer teams.

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Central to his role is helping coaches, support staff and athletes shape the collective mindset of their team. Team mindset – the way a team collectively think and feel – is a powerful force governing winning behaviour.

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