Footnotes from the Field

By September 30, 2020 Articles of the Week

Here’s what the sports science team at IMeasureU is reading this week:

  1. Reliability of wearable sensors to assess impact metrics during sport-specific tasks

The first item this week is IMeasureU related from Julie Burland and colleagues in the Journal of Sports Sciences. The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability of the Blue Trident IMU sensors in measuring impact load, step count and cumulative bone stimulus during a series of soccer-related tasks. The results suggest that the Blue Trident IMU sensor can reliably measure the cumulative impact load during outdoor functional movements; however, kicking manoeuvres are less reliable. Measuring impact load in the field expands the ability to capture more ecologically valid data.

  1. Do you Play or Do you Train? Insights From Individual Sports for Training Load and Injury Risk Management in Team Sports Based on Individualization

The second article in this week’s list comes from Daniel Boullosa and colleagues in the Front Physiology Journal. The aim of this opinion article is to provide a rationale based on coaching practices and scientific evidence from individual and team sports, that may help to better understand and, subsequently improve, training loads and injury risk management in team sports. The authors suggest an individualized approach to better manage training loads in team sports which may help to reduce the likelihood of sustaining injuries and optimize performance.

  1. Successful return to professional men’s football (soccer) competition after the COVID-19 shutdown: a cohort study in the German Bundesliga

The final article comes from Tim Meyer and colleagues in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The objective of the open access article was to evaluate the restart of the German Bundesliga (football (soccer)) during the COVID-19 pandemic from a medical perspective. The authors demonstrated that training and playing football with strict hygiene precautions was not associated with infections with SARS-CoV-2 under the epidemiological circumstances that
were present in Germany during the months of May and June 2020.

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