The UEFA Research Grant Programme is designed to establish a series of awards of up to €20,000 to support the valuable work of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers studying European football. By shedding new light on football and the myriad ways in which it interrelates with society as a whole, quality research can help the members of the European football family fulfil their mission and reach more informed decisions.
Medical sciences awarded (2014/15):
• Risks versus benefits: should youth football players be encouraged to take creatine?, By Pascale Kippelen, Brunel University
• Player load monitoring: Protecting the elite player from overload using miniature high frequency triaxial accelerometers, by Mark Robinson, Liverpool John Moores University
Medical sciences awarded (2013/14):
• The effects of mental fatigue on repeated sprint ability and cognitive performance in football players (by Samuele Marcora, University of Kent, UK)
• Football as a novel therapeutic approach to pediatric obesity. A randomized controlled trial and its effects on fitness, body composition, cardiometabolic and oxiadive markers (by André Seabra, University of Porto, Portugal).
Medical sciences awarded (2012/13):
• The validation and application of an integrated metabolic cost paradigm using high frequency GPS technology in soccer to assess match play training load, Doran Dominic, Liverpool John Moores University (UK)
• Influence on injurability and injury recovery time of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes involved connective tissue repair, Ricard Pruna, University of Barcelona (Spain)
Medical sciences awarded (2011/12):
• Effect of extreme environmental conditions on decision-making ability of active referees and additional assistant referees, John Brewer, University of Bedfordshire (UK)
• Protect her knees: Exploring the role of football-specific fatigue on dynamic knee stability in female youth football players, Mark De Ste Croix, University of Gloucestershire (UK)
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