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Training load monitoring in football: application of field systems in professional male players (PhD Academy Award)
  1. Vincenzo Rago1,2
  1. 1 Portugal Football School, Portuguese Football Federation, Oeiras, Portugal
  2. 2 Faculty of Health Sciences and Sports, Universidade Europeia, Lisboa, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vincenzo Rago, Portugal Football School, Portuguese Football Federation, Oeiras 1495-433, Portugal; vincenzo.rago{at}

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What did I do? Aims of your PhD

As a practitioner involved in player’s monitoring, one of my duties was to establish monitoring practices to inform the coaching and sports medicine departments about the training process. In this context, it is important to quantify training load. My PhD examined through an observational design, whether the coaching-prescribed training load (TL) was confounded by match-related contextual variables (study 1),1 whether heart rate testing during a standardised warm-up could be informative of players’ adaptations to training load (study 2)2 and whether the interpretation of training demands differed according to the training load quantification method adopted (study 3),3 as well as which TL quantification method best reflected the rating of perceived effort (study 4),4 respectively.

Why did I do it? Rationale for your PhD

Recent advances in TL monitoring have helped football coaches and sports medicine departments.5 Players are familiar with wearable TL monitoring technology incorporating global positioning systems, heart rate monitors and rating of perceived effort (RPE) questionnaires, as well as …

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  • Collaborators António Rebelo; Peter Krustrup; Magni Mohr, João Brito; Pedro Figueiredo; Daniel Barreira; Rafael Martín-Acero.

  • Contributors The PhD was conducted in the Centre of Research and Education, Innovation and Intervention in Sports, Faculty of Sports, University of Porto and in the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Sport and Health Sciences Cluster, University of Southern Denmark. Additional support was provided by the Portuguese Football School, Portuguese Football Federation. The PhD was supervised by António Rebelo, Peter Krustrup and Daniel Barreira. Co-authors include Magni Mohr, João Brito, Pedro Figueiredo and Rafael Martín-Acero.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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