Training load monitoring in elite English soccer: a comparison of practices and perceptions between coaches and practitioners

Published on Jul 3, 2018
· DOI :10.1080/24733938.2018.1427883
Matthew Weston24
Estimated H-index: 24
(Teesside University)
ABSTRACTPurpose: To survey practices and perceptions of training load monitoring among soccer coaches and practitioners.Methods: A questionnaire assessed factors influencing training planning, training load practices, and training load feedback and usefulness. The questionnaire was distributed via email and as an online version (Bristol Online Survey Tool) to relevant staff working within elite English Soccer.Results: Respondents represented two groups; those involved with player tactical (coach, n = 94) or physical (practitioner, n = 88) preparation. Coaches worked predominantly with younger players at lower standing clubs while practitioners worked with older players at higher standard clubs. With exception for the influence of current match schedule in training planning, there was coach-practitioner agreement for all training planning questions. There was agreement on some purposes for training load monitoring (maximise fitness, evaluate training) but not others (enhance fitness, reduce injury). For lo...
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