Understanding the presence of mental fatigue in elite female football

Thompson, Chris, Smith, Andy, Coutts, Aaron, Skorski, Sabrina, Datson, Naomi, Smith, Mitchell and Meyer, Tim (2021) Understanding the presence of mental fatigue in elite female football. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. ISSN 0270-1367

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Previous research investigating the impact of induced mental fatigue in football (soccer) has demonstrated associated performance decrements in physical, technical, tactical and decision making performance. A common limitation amongst this research is the protocols used to induce mental fatigue which provide low ecological validity, and the inclusion of recreational or sub-elite players (Smith el al., 2018). Therefore, understanding the presence of mental fatigue in elite football can provide insight into protocols with greater ecological validity. The current study used focus groups with 10 elite female football players, focusing on five topics (travel, fixture congestion, receiving tactical information, pre-match routine and pressure to win) related to the perceived causes of mental fatigue in elite football (directed by anecdotal quotes in elite football and research-based theories). Several themes emerged from the data; travel fatigue, inability to switch off from football, fatigue experienced following team meetings, use of pre-match music and internal pressure to succeed. These findings present practical recommendations to reduce mental fatigue in elite football settings, such as considering the timing, content and duration of team meetings, providing players with free time/rest where possible, and considering the modality of coaching instructions during matches.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women soccer, focus group, coach development
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
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Depositing User: Naomi Datson
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2021 14:18
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 14:18
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6032

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