Notes From: Using and Creating Scientific Knowledge to Improve Physical Performance in Football #TUMFC15

On September 10th, Teesside University and Middlebrough FC hosted a football medicine and science conference entitled: ‘Using and Creating Scientific Knowledge to Improve Physical Performance in Football’. Middlesbrough FC Sport Scientist, Jonathan Madden, has kindly written a summary for Sports Discovery on what was clearly an interesting and insightful day.   The…

Soccer and tech: How the Sounders separate noise from signal with wearable tracking data

Sounders defender Zach Scott wears a GPS device during practice last month as Sport Science and Performance Manager Dave Tenney looks on. While many soccer clubs now use wearable trackers to gain additional insight into player performance, the Seattle Sounders FC was largely ahead of the curve, utilizing new gadgets and software to…

Event: Using and creating scientific knowledge to improve physical performance in football

I wanted to share the details of a football medicine and science conference taking place next month, hosted by Teesside University and Middlesbrough FC. With a mixture of academics and practitioners from Middlesbrough, Ajax, Liverpool, Derby and Teesside University, this event looks set to be particularly insightful and thought provoking. You can follow the…

FIFA Finally Permit the Use of GPS in Competitive Football: What is the Way Forward?

So the news we have all been waiting for has arrived… at last FIFA has officially allowed GPS in competitive matches. FIFA first permitted GPS to be used in the (male) U20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 and the Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. Following this press release, which you…

The science behind Liverpool FC

The scientific research carried out behind the scenes at Liverpool FC, which supports the players to perform to their maximum, has been explained in a series of recently published papers. The LFC sports science team: From left James Morton, Barry Drust, Jordan Milsom, Ryland Morgans, Tom Brownlee, Andy O’Boyle, Patrick…

Nutrition for Football

Two years on from Nick’s accident, I wanted to mark the anniversary by sharing one of his articles. He wrote this article in 2004 but it is amazing how relevant it still is more than a decade on! Please enjoy and feel free to share your thoughts. ‘Your role is to…

Interview: Jack Nayler

In this latest blog post we interview Jack Nayler, who is currently working as the Sport Scientist in Carlo Ancelotti’s backroom staff at Real Madrid. Jack has previously worked at Chelsea Football Club and Paris St Germain,after graduating from Loughborough University. He talks here about the challenges in his career…