Sports Medicine

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 343–345 | Cite as

Comment on: “The Use of Microtechnology to Quantify the Peak Match Demands of the Football Codes: A Systematic Review”

  • Christopher CarlingEmail author
  • Alan McCall
  • Damian Harper
  • Paul S. Bradley
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We read with interest a recent review [1] 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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Conflict of interest

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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Coaching and PerformanceUniversity of Central LancashirePrestonUK
  2. 2.Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences, Research Department for Sports and Exercise ScienceEdinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghUK
  3. 3.Performance and Research DepartmentArsenal Football ClubLondonUK
  4. 4.School of SportYork St John UniversityYorkUK
  5. 5.Research Institute for Sport and Exercise SciencesLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK

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