Mechanical PlayerLoadTM using trunk mounted accelerometry in Football: is it a reliable, task- and player-specific observation? – Paulo Barreira PhD second study published at Journal of Sports Sciences
Monitoring load in football is a challenging task, especially due to the continuous reliability and validation research efforts that need to be developed to increase the knowledge about this data. In the case of my PhD, where the role of acceleration related variables was addressed regarding hamstring injuries in football, additional validation and reliability research regarding mechanical load expressed by PlayerLoadTM (Catapult, Australia) was necessary before using training football data from professional English Premier League teams in what was the continuation of my PhD research. From this article we do not only understand that mechanical data collection for football-specific tasks is reliable as it is not affected by anthropometrics of the players, being dependent on each individual´s locomotive strategies more than the variability of the weights and heights.
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