An Essential Guide to Sports Performance


Daniel Castillo Alvira, PhD and Javier Raya-González, PhD (Editors)
Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Isabel I, Burgos, Spain

Series: Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology
BISAC: SPO000000

This book analyzes several hot topics in scientific literature about individual and team sports performance. To optimize the athletes’ performance is necessary to understand several factors that could influence sportive success such as training and match loads encountered by players, individual physical performance, anthropometric characteristics and optimal recovery strategies after match-play. To better understand the training process, it is convenient to study the influence of contextual variables and initial players’ level on the athletes’ performances as well as the flexibility interventions and protocols.

This knowledge allows coach staffs and physical trainers of players to establish an appropriate distribution of the training loads throughout each macrocycle during the competitive season. Additionally, this book focuses on cycling, one the most practiced sports around the world. Two chapters are prepared to bring both the amateur and professional practioners towards novel sport perspectives. Therefore, one chapter is based on leisure cycling and women’s participation in Scotland, and another chapter is developed to improve the saffle height configuration of cyclists to achieve better performance. This collection offers novel evidence-based approaches for coach staffs and practitioners in order to optimize the training process in individual and team sports. The findings provided within the book could allow coaches and physical trainers to apply some of these results to their training methodologies and strategies to enhance better athlete performance, and consequently, better sportive success.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Match Analysis and Its Applications for Soccer Training
(Filipe Manuel Clemente, Hugo Sarmento and Gibson Praça, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, School of Sport and Leisure, Melgaço, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 2. The Influence of Situational Variables on Technical Performance in Elite Spanish Goalkeepers during Official Competition
(Daniel Castillo, PhD, Miguel Escalona, Ángel Lago-Rodríguez, PhD, María Soto, PhD, Silvia Sánchez-Díaz, Javier Raya-González, PhD, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Isabel I, Burgos, Spain)

Chapter 3. Anthropometric Characteristics and Physical Performance of Senior Soccer Players: Effect of Competitive Level and Field Position
(Javier Yanci, Julio Calleja-Gonzalez, Jurdan Mendigutxia, Alexandre Dellal, Aitor Iturricastillo and Asier Los Arcos, Department of Physical Education and Sport, Faculty of Education and Sport, University of the Baque Country, UPV/EHU, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, and others)

Chapter 4. Differences in Power Performance Attending to Sprint Capacity and Asymmetry Level in Young Elite Soccer Players
(Javier Raya-González, PhD, Marco Beato, PhD, and Daniel Castillo, PhD, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Isabel I, Burgos, Spain, and others)

Chapter 5. Role of Aerobic Fitness in Recovery Capacity Assessment through Heart Rate Recovery in Young Soccer Players
(Alejandro Rodríguez Fernández, PhD, José Antonio Rodríguez-Marroyo, PhD, Javier Sánchez Sánchez, PhD, and José Gerardo Villa Vicente, PhD, Faculty of Health Sciences, University Isabel I, Burgos, Spain, and others)

Chapter 6. Training Load Periodization in Soccer with One Official Match a Week: A Systematic Review
(Markel Rico-González, Alberto Mendez-Villanueva, PhD, and Asier Los Arcos, PhD, Department of Physical Education and Sport, University of Basque Country, Vitoria, Spain, and others)

Chapter 7. Methodology of Muscle Force Development in Spike in Elite Volleyball Players
(Milos Milosevic, Morteza Jourkesh and Milenko Milosevic, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Management, University Singidunum, Belgrade, Serbia, and others)

Chapter 8. Mindful Compassion and Psychological Flexibility Based Interventions to Sport Performance
(Bruno Carraça, António Rosado, Cátia Magalhães and Vitor Ferreira, Faculdade Motricidade Humana, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 9. Women’s Participation in Leisure Cycling: A Scottish Perspective
(Peigi Rodan, Andrew Martin and Robert Nash, Creative and Cultural Business, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland)

Chapter 10. Saddle Height Configuration Based on Measurement of Dynamic Knee Flexion Angle Leads to Greater Self-Reported Cycling Comfort in Amateur Cyclists
(David Jiménez-Sutil and Ángel Lago-Rodríguez, PhD, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Isabel I, Burgos, Spain)


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