Physiology

The Physiology unit of the Football Performance & Science department is responsible for the following activities:

  1. Performance assessment of all Aspire Academy football teams, Qatar national teams, and the Qatar Stars League teams.

  2. Monitoring of training load of the Aspire Academy teams and also the Qatar National teams.

  3. Coach education

  4. Applied research projects to enhance the training programs and subsequent performance of our Academy players.

  5. Publication of applied youth football research in peer reviewed journals.

The Aspire Academy football players are assessed periodically during the academic year in order to monitor growth and maturation as well as adaptations to training programs. The players are assessed using a battery of tests, including endurance, jumping ability, sprinting, agility, strength, mobility/stability, and anthropometric tests. After completion of these assessments, appropriate feedback is supplied to the football coaches and S&C coaches to ensure that squad and individual training programs are tailored for optimal enhancement of physical performance. The physiology department also conducts physiological assessments for the 14 professional teams of the Qatar Stars League. Therefore, the physiology department conducts physiological assessments on the full spectrum of football players in Qatar.

Monitoring training load of Academy football players is important in order to enhance performance and help guard against overuse/overload injuries. Training sessions are monitored on a day to day basis using GPS and Heart Rate technology. Computerized tracking systems like Prozone are also utilized in order to gain a full understanding on the load subjected to our Academy players. Feedback is again provided to the football and S&C coaches, so that the training load can be adjusted accordingly.

Along with Aspire Academy and junior national teams, senior Qatar national players are also monitored on a weekly basis using GPS technology, so that feedback can be provided to the national team coaches on each players training status and their preparedness for international match-play.

The Football Physiology department also conducts specific in-house applied research projects, in order to improve existing training programs ultimately for the benefit of the Academy players. Information gleaned from these research studies is also used to help educate our football and conditioning coaches on best practice. In addition to these practical in-house research studies, the physiology department is also active in the publication of scientific articles in peer reviewed journals, particularly in the field of monitoring and training of youth football players.

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