INFLUENCING PERFORMANCE ON MATCH-DAY: A SPECIFIC LOOK AT SUBS, GOALKEEPERS AND HALF-TIME INTERVENTIONS
DR MAYUR K RANCHORDAS – Sport Nutrition Consultant
While the implementation of training and preparatory practices occupies the majority of a practitioner’s workload, football match- day also provides opportunities to positively influence performance. Recently, a number of intervention opportunities relating to the practices of substitutes, goalkeepers and consideration of half-time strategies have been identified in the literature.
Whilst practical and logistical constraints may often represent substantial hurdles to overcome, by considering match-day demands and responses on an individual player level, it is possible to tailor training, nutrition, and/or recovery treatments accordingly. The following article presents a commentary on how recent research focused on bespoke populations and scenarios may provide practitioners with opportunities to modify match-day protocols for enhanced performance in football players.