Science and football: a review of applied research in the football codes

@article{Reilly2003ScienceAF,
  title={Science and football: a review of applied research in the football codes},
  author={Thomas Reilly and David Gilbourne},
  journal={Journal of Sports Sciences},
  year={2003},
  volume={21},
  pages={693 - 705}
}
Abstract Over the last two decades there has been a growth in research directly related to football. Although most of this research is focused on soccer (association football), there has been a steady increase in publications related to the other football codes. There is evidence of more systematic training and selection influencing the anthropometric profiles of players who compete at the highest level. Fitness is being optimized to cope with match demands while accommodating the need for… 
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