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Monitoring player fatigue status in the English Premier League
  1. Robin T Thorpe1,2
  1. 1 Football Exchange, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2 Science and Medicine Department, Manchester United Football Club, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Robin T Thorpe, Thorpe Manchester United, Aon Training Complex, Carrington, Manchester, Uk; robin.thorpe{at}

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What did I do? Aims of your PhD

As a ‘real-world’, coach/management-directed question, my aim was to establish the ‘performance readiness’ of players competing in the English Premier League (EPL) in attempt to reduce injury/illness risk and maximise player availability and performance. The primary focus of my thesis was to evaluate potential indicators of fatigue which may be easily monitored and used in an EPL environment. My first study established the reliability of such parameters, and second, third and fourth investigations explored the sensitivity to changes in daily and acute training load and during typical competitive weeks, respectively.

Why did I do it? Rationale for your PhD

The acute and chronic physical demands of football players competing in the EPL have significantly increased in recent years.1 Consequently, adapting training load prescription and maximising recovery interventions for players may contribute to reducing injury and illness risk and even enhance physical and mental performance.2 Therefore, evaluation and quantification of player physiological/fatigue response may provide beneficial information to key stakeholders …

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  • Funding This study was funded by Manchester United Football Club as part of research collaboration with Liverpool John Moores University.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.