Football Performance – how to raise your game

Scientific research on nutrition, hydration, psychology, hamstring strains and post retirement health as related to football
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Key areas of scientific research for aspects of football are covered in this  report from “prehabilitation” (three comprehensive off-season conditioning programmes) through nutrition, hydration, psychology and tournament play. The report also examines footballers’ post-retirement health prospects, with particular emphasis on osteoarthritis, back trouble and neuropsychological problems relating to heading.

An extended “what the scientists say” section encompasses a wide range of additional research, including football benefits for children, good and bad news about stretching, the role of personal fitness in team success and the ever-present risk of hamstring strains.

Whether you are a devoted fan, a keen amateur, an up-and-coming pro or a member of the support team, we hope you enjoy this special report and find it useful.

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Article summaries from Football Performance – how to raise your game

“Prehabilitation”: Three off-season programmes to set you up for what lies ahead. James Marshall

Nutrition: “Your role is to make sure there are no fat b******s in my team”. Nick Broad

Hydration: It used to be oranges in the centre circle…now it’s a personal hydration strategy. Ron Maughan

Psychology: Who is there to support the managers? A psychologist reflects on survival techniques in a cut-throat world. Misia Gervis

Ageing: What happens when you hang up your football boots – for good? John Shepherd

Health: Sudden cardiac death: how can clubs pick out those at risk? Sanjay Sharma

Tournament play: What Sven can learn from research in the lead-up to the 2006 World Cup. John Shepherd

What the scientists say

– Why football is good for children

– Stretching may prevent hamstring strains……but doesn’t help kicking

– Dehydration problems for the men in black

– The role of personal fitness in team success

– Hamstring strains are the most common injuries

– Why the research void on injury prevention?

– A new measure of kicking accuracy

– Young footballers show no signs of brain damage


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