Injury incidence of LaLiga football players after the lockdown

The irruption of COVID-19 in football resulted in the suspension of the Spanish league (LaLiga Santander) and a lockdown for many weeks. Consequently, football players’ daily routines were completely affected.

The use of GPS devices to track players’ load

The football world evolves rapidly. Methodologies that were useful yesterday, aren’t useful today. This forces the coaching staff to be constantly learning.

Psychological factors that affect sports performance

Rocio Pomares, head of High-Performance Psychology of Barcelona Football Club, reflects on the psychological factors that affect sports performance and which are the most valued by Barça.

How to Design Tasks to Improve Collective Game in Team Sports

In team sports, the game is possible only if we count on our teammates, if you can achieve high levels of interaction with them and the commitment to an inevitable team participation that should transform the individual meaning of winning. So, the collective culture of the game emerges where the interpersonal relationships are confirmed, identifying different communication codes and emotional links with the team members.

The coach-collaborator, training to promote learning

One of the great dilemmas the coach faces in a highly demanding context is distinguishing between the needs of match-by-match performance and those of a team’s general learning. Australian motor performance specialist Derek Panchuk, former NBA player, in an article titled “What a good learning environment looks like?” has tried to find a theoretical middle ground for these contingencies that arise both in the short term (performance) and in the long term (learning) and in whose equilibrium is a virtue.

Breaks between sets during strength training

The correct planning of a strength training program involves the manipulation of variables such as the selection and order of exercise execution, volume, frequency and intensity of the training, speed of movement, and the rest between sets.

Training load during a microcycle in roller hockey

Training load is one of the most critical factors in the sports field since it depends on whether we achieve the desired adaptations. The training load is divided by external or internal load, the first being the work completed by the athlete (e.g., distance, number of sprints, etc.). The second, the physiological or psychological response (e.g., heart rate, lactate levels, perceived exertion) imposed by the external load.

How to prepare for the next match in team sports

Winning a football, basketball, or handball game depends on many factors. Many of them are beyond the coach’s control. An extraordinary performance of the opponent, an unfair referee decision or luck are aspects that can determine a result, and that cannot be trained. That is why we must pay all our attention exclusively to what can be controlled, that is, what depends only on us.

3 Do’s to become a better football coach.

As a coach your aim is to win matches, correct? You want your players to perform their best, don’t you? You need the team to play as if it was one entity, are we talking your language?

Sprints in hypoxia to improve performance in team sports

Team sports – such as football, rugby, handball, hockey, or basketball – are characterized by alternating short efforts of very high intensity (<10 seconds) with recovery periods at a lower intensity. That is why the ability to sprint repeatedly will be key for the performance of these players.1 In fact, various studies have observed that players who compete in a higher competitive category (for example, professionals rather than semi-professionals) perform better in repeated sprint tests.