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Christopher Towlson
University of Hull
Physical fitnessPhysical therapySodium bicarbonateSprintMedicine
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#1James J. Malone (RMIT: RMIT University)H-Index: 1
#2Liam D. Harper (University of Huddersfield)H-Index: 8
Last. Christopher Towlson (University of Hull)H-Index: 7
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AbstractThe purpose of the study was to examine the perspectives of both academics and practitioners in relation to forming applied collaborative sport science research within team sports. Ninety-three participants who had previously engaged in collaborative research partnerships within team sports completed an online survey which focused on motivations and barriers for forming collaborations using blinded sliding scale (0–100) and rank order list. Research collaborations were mainly formed to i...
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#1Christopher Towlson (University of Hull)H-Index: 7
#2Stephen Cobley (USYD: University of Sydney)H-Index: 25
Last. Richard J Lovell (USYD: University of Sydney)H-Index: 22
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The relationships between maturation and anthropometric and physical performance characteristics are dynamic and often asynchronous; confounding the capability to accurately evaluate performance during adolescence. This study aimed to (i) examine the influence of chronological age (CA) and somatic maturation (YPHV) upon anthropometric and physical performance parameters, and (ii) identify the transition/change time points in these relationships using segmental regression. N = 969 soccer players ...
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#1Christopher Towlson (University of Hull)H-Index: 7
#2Stephen Cobley (USYD: University of Sydney)H-Index: 25
Last. Richard J Lovell (USYD: University of Sydney)H-Index: 22
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This study assessed the contribution of relative age, anthropometry, maturation, and physical fitness characteristics on soccer playing position (goalkeeper [GK], central-defender [CD], lateral-defender [LD], central-midfield [CM], lateral-midfielder [LM], and forward [FWD]) for 465 elite-youth players (U13–U18’s). U13–14 CD were relatively older than LD and CM (likely small effects). CD and GK were generally taller and heavier (likely small to very-likely moderate effects) than other players at...
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#1Stephen Barrett (University of Hull)H-Index: 6
#2Adrian W. Midgley (University of Hull)H-Index: 26
Last. Richard J Lovell (USYD: University of Sydney)H-Index: 2
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Purpose: To assess the acute alterations in triaxial accelerometry (PlayerLoad [PLVM]) and its individual axial planes (anteroposterior PlayerLoad [PLAP], mediolateral PlayerLoad [PLML], and vertical PlayerLoad [PLV]) during a standardized 90-min soccer match-play simulation (SAFT90). Secondary aims of the study were to assess the test–retest reliability and anatomical location of the devices. Methods: Semiprofessional (n = 5) and university (n = 15) soccer players completed 3 trials (1 familiar...
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#1Richard J Lovell (University of Western Sydney)H-Index: 22
#2Christopher Towlson (University of Hull)H-Index: 7
Last. Stephen Cobley (USYD: University of Sydney)H-Index: 25
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The relative age effect (RAE) and its relationships with maturation, anthropometry, and physical performance characteristics were examined across a representative sample of English youth soccer development programmes. Birth dates of 1,212 players, chronologically age-grouped (i.e., U9’s-U18’s), representing 17 professional clubs (i.e., playing in Leagues 1 & 2) were obtained and categorised into relative age quartiles from the start of the selection year (Q1 = Sep-Nov; Q2 = Dec-Feb; Q3 = Mar-May...
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#1Fiona Nation (University of Hull)H-Index: 1
#2Matt Birkett (University of Hull)H-Index: 1
Last. Andrew T. Garrett (University of Hull)H-Index: 11
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It is well-established that repetition of heat stress exposure has been shown to facilitate adaptations to the heat but these protocols have tended to be of a fixed work intensity, continuous exercise, long-term in duration (>7 days) and use hydration. Secondly, there is limited information on the potential use of heat acclimation as a training method for human performance in thermoneutral conditions. Therefore, the aims of this study were to investigate the effectiveness of short-term heat accl...
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#1Frances Hunter (University of Hull)H-Index: 1
#2James Bray (University of Hull)H-Index: 4
Last. Richard J Lovell (University of Western Sydney)H-Index: 22
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This study compared the intensity distribution of time-motion analysis data, when speed zones were categorized by different methods. 12 U18 players undertook a routine battery of laboratory- and field-based assessments to determine their running speed corresponding to the respiratory compensation threshold (RCT), maximal aerobic speed (MAS), maximal oxygen consumption (vV˙O 2max ) and maximal sprint speed (MSS). Players match-demands were tracked using 5 Hz GPS units in 22 fixtures (50 eligible ...
23 CitationsSource
#1Christopher Towlson (University of Hull)H-Index: 7
#2Adrian W. Midgley (Edge Hill University)H-Index: 26
Last. Richard J Lovell (University of Western Sydney)H-Index: 22
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Abstract Recent research has challenged the typical pre-match and half-time (HT) interval warm-up (WU) routines currently used by professional soccer players. This study surveyed 2010/11 season WU strategies and their underpinning scientific reasoning and situational factors via an internet-based questionnaire, which was distributed to English Premier League and Championship practitioners, of which 43% responded. The pre-match WU duration was 30.8 (8.2) min, ranging between 15–45 min, and 89% of...
26 CitationsSource
#1Jason C. Siegler (University of Western Sydney)H-Index: 22
#2Keith Howell (Ebor: University of York)H-Index: 1
Last. Stephen L. Atkin (Ebor: University of York)H-Index: 42
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Background As most sport drinks contain some form of non-nutritive sweetener (e.g. aspartame), and with the variation in blood glucose regulation and insulin secretion reportedly associated with aspartame, a further understanding of the effects on insulin and blood glucose regulation during exercise is warranted. Therefore, the aim of this preliminary study was to profile the insulin and blood glucose responses in healthy individuals after aspartame and carbohydrate ingestion during rest and exe...
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Although a considerable amount of literature exists on the ergogenic potential of ingesting sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) before short-term, high-intensity exercise, very little exists on optimal loading times before exercise. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of NaHCO3 supplementation timing on repeated sprint ability (RSA). Eight men completed 3 (randomized and counterbalanced) trials of ten 10-second sprints separated by 50 seconds of active recovery (1:5 work-to-rest) on...
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