Science in Soccer Translating Theory into Practice

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  • Copyright: 2017-01-12
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport
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Written by two leading football academics, this authoritative, accessible text explores the important role sports science plays in professional football.

With billion-pound television deals and multi-million player transfers, a football team's performance has repercussions far beyond the pitch and league table. As a result, sports science plays an increasingly important role in the game, helping to develop elite performers.

Science in Soccer offers a series of contemporary insights into the multidisciplinary approach to delivering sports science support in elite level professional football.

Through exclusive contributions from leading academics and practitioners working with some of the world's leading football clubs, including Liverpool FC, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, Science and Soccer covers broad topics such physiology, psychology, performance analysis and sociology. Experts in the field also focus on specific areas such as physical preparation of elite players, injury prevention, fitness assessment, nutrition, player development and performance analysis.

Each chapter includes a number of practical examples from the English Premier League, La Liga and German Bundesliga, and case studies which demonstrate how the latest scientific research is translated into supporting elite players.

Illustrations help communicate the scientific and practical processes that sports scientists adopt when approaching the planning, delivery and assessment of their work, and he book outlines the challenges that individuals face in integrating sports science support into the performance model of a club.

Science and Soccer also identifies the important professional and craft skills are required to gain employment in the football industry, whether as a Fitness and Conditioning Coach, Performance Analyst, Sports Psychologist or Performance Director. This is the first text to present a series of reflections from sports science graduates that have successfully gained employment in the professional football industry.

Science in Soccer helps coaches, practitioners, students and academics translate theory into practice and is one of the most comprehensive books on the role sports science plays football to date.

Author Biography

Dr Warren Gregson is Reader in Applied Exercise Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He has worked as a sports science advisor to Manchester United FC since 2008 and is also involved in directing and supervising a number of research projects in Premier and Football League Clubs and more recently with the FA.
Dr Martin Littlewood is Principal lecturer in Sports Social science and programme Leader in Science and Football at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Martin has worked as a consultant for Bolton Wanderers Football Club and in international cricket.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Introduction; Part 1: Performance Analysis 1. Match & Motion Analysis; Part 2: Physiology; 2. Physical Preparation; 3. Monitoring ; 4. Fitness Testing; 5. Nutrition ; Part 3: Psychology 6. Mental Skills 7. Counselling Psychology 8. Organisational Psychology/Managing the Performance Environment; Part 4: Sociology 9. Relative Age Effect; 10. Football Culture; Part 5: Case Studies 11. Interviews and reflections with sports science graduates - careers advice; Bibliography; Index

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