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Differences in physical match performance and injury occurence before and after the COVID-19 break in professional European soccer leagues: a systematic review

Thron, Maximiliane ORCID iD icon 1; Düking, Peter; Härtel, Sascha; Woll, Alexander ORCID iD icon 1; Altmann, Stefan 1
1 Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Purpose. Due of the Covid-19 pandemic, matches and soccer-specific training were suspended for several weeks, matches after resumption were congested, and substitutions per team and game increased from three to five. Therefore, the aim of this review was to examine possible differences in physical match performance and injuries between before and after the Covid-19 induced break of matches and training in professional male European soccer leagues during the 2019/2020 season. Methods. A systematic search identified all scientifically peer-reviewed publications involving elite male soccer players competing in the European leagues which reported physical match performance variables such as total running distance and running distance at different speed zones and/or injury parameters pre and post Covid-19 induced break. Results. In total, 11 articles were included, which were coming from German Bundesliga, Polish Ekstraklasa, Croatian HNL, Spanish La Liga, and Italian Serie A. In all studies investigating the German Bundesliga, most parameters of physical match performance remained unaffected (0.08 ≤ p ≤ 0.82; -0.15 ≤ ES 0.15), while studies investigating the Polish Ekstraklasa (p ≤ 0.03; -0.27 ≤ ES -0.18), Croatian HNL (p ≤ 0.04; -1.42 ≤ ES ≤ 1.44), Spanish La Liga (p ≤ 0.017; -0.32 ≤ ES ≤ 5.5), and Italian Serie A (p ≤ 0.014; -1.01 ≤ ES 0.24) showed a decrease in most parameters of physical match performance after the Covid-19 break. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000151133
Veröffentlicht am 04.10.2022
DOI: 10.1186/s40798-022-00505-z
Zitationen: 9
Zitationen: 11
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2022
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2198-9761, 2199-1170
KITopen-ID: 1000151133
Erschienen in Sports medicine - open
Verlag Springer
Band 8
Heft 1
Seiten Artkl.Nr.: 121
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Gefördert durch den KIT-Publikationsfonds
Schlagwörter football, pandemic, match analysis, high-intensity, sprinting
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