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Female Soccer: Part 1—A Needs Analysis

Turner, Ellena BSc (Hons); Munro, Allan G. BSc (Hons); Comfort, Paul MSc, CSCS*D

Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 1 - p 51–57
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318281f689
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SUMMARY: IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES TO CONDUCT A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE DEMANDS OF A SPORT, IDENTIFYING NORMATIVE DATA WHERE POSSIBLE TO PERMIT AN EVIDENCE-BASED EVALUATION OF AN ATHLETE’S CURRENT PERFORMANCE STATUS AND TO INFORM THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIFIC GOALS FOR THE ATHLETES’ DEVELOPMENT. PART ONE OF THIS ARTICLE REVIEWS THE DEMANDS OF FEMALE SOCCER AND PROVIDES NORMATIVE DATA FROM PUBLISHED RESEARCH IDENTIFYING SPECIFIC AREAS THAT REQUIRE DEVELOPMENT IN FEMALE SOCCER PLAYERS. PART TWO RECOMMENDS EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACHES INTEGRATED TO ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT AND INJURY PREVENTION STRATEGIES, AS A RESULT OF THE NEEDS ANALYSIS.

Directorate of Sport Exercise and Physiotherapy, University of Salford, Salford, United Kingdom

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Ellena Turner is a sports scientist at Manchester City FC Academy and a doctoral candidate at the University of Salford.

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Allan G. Munro is a clinical director at Sports Rehab UK, lecturer at the University of Derby, and a doctoral candidate at the University of Salford.

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Paul Comfort is the program leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford.

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