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Elite Soccer Players

Maximizing Performance and Safety, 1st Edition

Edited by Ryan Curtis, Courteney Benjamin, Robert Huggins, Douglas J. Casa


408 pages | 68 B/W Illus.

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The sport of soccer has evolved immensely since its beginning around 2000 years ago and is now considered the most popular sport in the world. The research related to the physical, psychological, and tactical aspects of the game has risen in conjunction with its fame.

Maximizing Performance and Safety in Elite Soccer Players seeks to inform the reader with the most current research connected to optimizing physical performance and reducing the risk of injury of the elite soccer athlete in a variety of leagues.

After providing an initial brief overview of applying physical and psychological scientific concepts in soccer (Laying the Foundation), this book then takes the reader through a series of important yet novel sections including; Athlete Monitoring and Data Analysis, Optimizing Physical Performance, Injury Epidemiology and Risk Reduction, Achieving Peak Performance and Safety in Various Environmental Conditions, and Unique Aspects of the Game.

The goal of Maximizing Performance and Safety in Elite Soccer Players is to conceptualize and expand upon the current research associated with these topics and provide an applicable point of view to the coaches, sport scientists, strength and conditioning coaches, and sports medicine professionals who work with these athletes every day.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Laying the Foundation

1. Applying Science and Monitoring Systems in Soccer

Ryan M. Curtis, Robert A. Huggins, and Mark Kovacs


2. Psychological Demands of Soccer: A Decision-Making Perspective

Itay Basevitch

Part 2: Athlete Monitoring and Data Analysis

3. Technology in Soccer

Andrew Murray and Matthew Varley

4. Workload Monitoring

Ryan Curtis, John F. Fitzpatrick, Shaun J. McLaren, and Jason D. Vescovi

5. Fatigue Monitoring

Joao Renato Silva and Antonio Rebelo

6. Data Analytics

Mathieu Lacome, Ryan M. Curtis, and Sam Robertson

Part 3: Optimizing Physical Performance

7. Physical Performance Testing in Soccer

Alan J. Walker, Michelle A. Arent, Bridget A. McFadden, and Shawn M. Arent

8. Conditioning in Soccer

Jonathan M. Taylor and Shaun J. McLaren

9. Strength, Speed, Power & Agility In Soccer

Perry Stewart, Noel Carroll, MSc, and Anthony N. Turner

10. Nutrition for High Level Soccer

Margaret C. Morrissey, Ian Rollo, Laura Kunces, Shiloah A. Fuller, and Michael J Ormsbee

11. Recovery

Mark Russell, Mayur Ranchordas, David Hooper, and Ryan M. Curtis

Part 3: Injury Epidemiology and Risk Reduction

12. The Epidemiology of Injuries in Elite Soccer Players

Avinash Chandran, Erin Wasserman, and Karen Roos


13. Injury Risk Reduction Strategies

Ric Lovell, Matthew Whalan, John A. Sampson, Robert McCunn, Matt J. Reeves, and Paul D. Balsom

14. Soccer Rehabilitation and Return to Play

Adam Lepley, Catie Dann, and Julianne Hubbard

Part 5: Achieving Peak Performance and Safety in Various Environmental Conditions

15. Hydration and Heat Strategies in Soccer

Yasuki Sekiguchi, Stavros A. Kavouras, Susan Yeargin, Jeremy Ng, and Pete Calabrese

16. Other Environmental Considerations for Soccer Athletes

Gabrielle E. W. Giersch, John Castellani, Olivier Girard, Andrew Grundstein, and Stefanie Ebelt Sarnat

Part 6: Unique Aspects of the Game

17. Game Management: Considerations for the Goalkeeper, Substitutes, and Extra-Time

Liam D. Harper, Samuel P. Hills, Adam C. Field, Anthony White, and Mark Russell

18. Considerations for Variations in Soccer Around the World

Courteney Benjamin, Yasuki Sekiguchi, and Johnathan Melhorn

About the Editors

Ryan M. Curtis, PhD is the Director of Athlete Performance and Safety at the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut, USA. He has served all levels of sport and the military as a sports scientist and practitioner leading large-scale soccer research initiatives and integrating best-practices in health and performance optimization.

Courteney L. Benjamin is the Director of Communication and the Assistant Director of Athlete Performance and Safety at the Korey Stringer Institute, USA. She has won NCAA soccer national championships as a player at University of West Florida (’12 – Division II) while earning her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and as a strength and conditioning coach at Florida State University (’14 – Division I) while earning a master’s degree in sports science.

Robert A. Huggins, PhD is the President of Research and President of Athlete Performance and Safety at the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut, USA. He is experienced in the optimization of human and sports performance through scientific insights in both team and individual athletes at the collegiate, amateur and professional levels.

Douglas J. Casa, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, Connecticut, USA. He has been connected as a researcher and consultant with youth through the most elite levels of international soccer, including but not limited to assisting the NCAA, US Soccer heat policies, US Soccer national teams, IMG, Gatorade Sports Science Institute, the Portugal National Team, UCONN, WAM United, Northeast United, MLS, Pro European teams, and many others.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Coaching / Soccer