At ECSS MetropolisRuhr 2017 Aspetar Excellence in Football Research Award was distributed the second time. The award aims to attract and support novel, applied research projects with relevance to football (soccer).
There were several qualified applicants for the award and five of them got shortlisted.

These five presented their reseach on 5 July in Essen in front of a jury.


Winners of Aspetar Excellence in Football Research Award 2017

1st Place (2,500 €):

Ric Lovell, Western Sydney University, Scheduling of Injury Prevention Exercises during the Soccer Micro-Cycle: Insights from Muscle Damage, Soreness and Performance Recovery Profiles

2nd Place (500 €):

Marcus Champ, The University of Western Australia, Multivariate Modelling of Non-Contact Injury Risk in Elite Australian Footballers

3rd Place (500 €):

Javier Fernandez, F.C. Barcelona, Better Match Physical Performance Achieved in Professional Football with Higher Variability during Training: A Machine-Learning Approach

Left to right: ECSS President Prof. Tim Cable, Assistant Director of Sports Science Shaima Ali Al-Khaldi , Lead Physiologist Prof. George Nassis from Aspetar and the Aspetar Excellence in Football Award Winners 2017 Ric Lovell, Marcus Champ & Javier Fernandez


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