In this study, we look at a really interesting topic with no easy answer: planning the microcycle in elite football.
You will also find in this study:
- A look at the association between the programming of days off and injury rate, using anonymized data from 18 elite teams, including the EPL, the Italian Serie A, the Bundesliga, the Scottish Premiership, the MLS, and the Dutch Eredivisie from January 2018 to December 2021.
- Why the programming of a day off (or at least “off feet”) at D + 2 may be associated with moderately to largely lower incidence of noncontact injuries, especially during 3- and 7-day turnarounds.
- Some practical recommendations and strategies that can help guide clubs to plan their weeks.