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…

Interview with Andrew Gray (Athletic Data Innovations)

  Andrew Gray is the Physical Performance Manager at Cronulla Sharks RLFC in the NRL, having spent 16 years at St George Illawarra Dragons RLFC as a Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Coach, Sport Scientist, and ultimately their Performance Director. Additionally, Andrew is an elite Strength & Conditioning professional as well as a…

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

Source: http://www.thisisanfield.com/2015/02/revealed-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 backroom sports science team, led by Ryland Morgans, has recently published a number of peer-reviewed articles that…

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…

GPS Validity & Reliability – A Collection of Independent Research Findings

GPS technology provides coaches, sport scientists and athletes the opportunity to collect individual physical data that has not previously been available and on a time efficient, relatively low cost, non-invasive and potentially real time basis. As well as the practical benefits, there has been a surge in uptake through the…

Inside the GPS Unit

As many articles in this blog will discuss GPS technology, let’s start with the basics…   Most practitioners, especially those working in team sports, are exposed to GPS technology.  It can seem like a little black box that spits out streams of data; data which we are expected to translate…