Monitoring the training process in team sport: Part 7

Monitoring the training process in team sportFrom description to prescription: Part 7 The American Nobel Prize winner Herbert Simon formulated three major goals for scientists (link to article): Basic science: Knowing what happened (descriptive analysis) and understanding why this happened (diagnostic analysis) Applied science: Inferring or predicting what will happen (predictive analysis) Science as art:…

Monitoring the training process in team sport: Part 3

Monitoring the training process in team sportFrom description to prescription: Part 3 Athletes train to improve their performance, thereby exposing themselves to physiological, biomechanical and psychological loads. These loads need to be periodised carefully to achieve the desired performance at the right time. While individual athletes often peak to a short(er) competition period, team sport…

Optimizing the training process

Monitoring the training process in team sport: from description to prescription part 2

Monitoring the training process in team sportFrom description to prescription: Part 2 In our previous blog post, we discussed the first stage of the monitoring process, description (link to blog). Here, we focused on a systematic data collection using different tools to describe the training process according to the framework of Impellizzeri and colleagues (2019)…

TopSportsLab / Willem II

TopSportsLab / Willem IISurviving The Eredivisie on € 2.5M staff budget Situation Founded in 1896, named after the King, Willem II has a rich history in the Dutch professional football leagues. Despite never winning the Eredivisie, the club finished runner-up and qualified for the Champions League in 1999. In 2013 Willem II started work with…

TopSportsLab / UEFA Referees

TopSportsLab / UEFA RefereesPreparation for major championships Situation In preparation of EURO 2012, UEFA tasked Professor Werner Helsen (TopSportsLab) to develop a structured plan to prepare the selected elite referees for the 2012 Championship “and beyond”. The “excellence” plan included physical preparation, injury prevention and concentration training. Helsen has been involved in 4 FIFA World…