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Tactical periodisation in football (Part II): Load monitoring in football

Rainer van Gaal Appelhof

The physical, technical, tactical and cognitive demands of professional football are growing on the backdrop of an even more congested fixture schedule. This makes managing player load even more challenging. It demands the need for practitioners to create a consistent detailed analysis of information collected during both training and matches. This information, in turn, is then used to inform and assist the coaching staff in terms of future planning of the training process to maximize player availability and performance, whilst minimizing the risk of injury.

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