Comment on: “The Use of Microtechnology to Quantify the Peak Match Demands of the Football Codes: A Systematic Review”
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We read with interest a recent review  on the use of microtechnology to quantify peak physical match demands in the football codes. That paper provides information across playing standards and positions, and identifies the variables and study designs employed to achieve this. The authors notably conclude that quantification of the peak match demands across the football codes is useful for the prescription of physical conditioning drills to prepare players for the most intense periods of match-play. They also recommend that prescription is specific to code and playing position. In light of their findings and conclusions, it is our view that further debate and additional research are necessary in relation to player monitoring and conditioning.
First, the authors restricted their analysis to studies using ‘wearable’ microtechnologies to analyse peak demands. We are unclear as to the rationale for the omission of several key studies [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9] using valid and...
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Christopher Carling, Alan McCall, Damian Harper and Paul Bradley declare that they have no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this letter.
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