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Citation

Kupperman N, Hertel J. J. Athl. Train. 2020; ePub(ePub): ePub.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2020, National Athletic Trainers' Association (USA))

DOI

10.4085/1062-6050-473-19

PMID

32818957

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the current literature regarding the utility of global positioning system (GPS)-derived workload metrics in determining musculoskeletal injury risk in team-based field-sport athletes.

DATA SOURCES: PubMed entries from January 2009 through May 2019 were searched using terms related to GPS, player workload, injury risk, and team-based field sports.

STUDY SELECTION: Only studies that used GPS metrics and had injury as the main outcome variable were included.

DATA EXTRACTION: Total distance, high-speed running, and acute : chronic workload ratios were the most common GPS metrics analyzed, with the most frequent sports being soccer, rugby, and Australian rules football.

DATA SYNTHESIS: Many distinct workload metrics were associated with increased injury risk in individual studies performed in particular sport circumstances; however, the body of evidence was inconclusive as to whether any specific metrics could consistently predict injury risk across multiple team-based field sports.

CONCLUSIONS: Our results were inconclusive in determining if any GPS-derived workload metrics were associated with an increased injury risk. This conclusion is due to a myriad of factors, including differences in injury definitions, workload metrics, and statistical analyses across individual studies.

KEYWORDS: American football; soccer; rugby; athlete monitoring


Language: en

Keywords

American football; soccer; rugby; athlete monitoring

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