Football & Healthy ageing
The benefits from playing football reach further than only the joy you can get from the game. Like other sports, football can contribute to a healthy, active lifestyle. FSG studies the long-term benefits of football on the quality of life and well-being of (former) football players. Unfortunately, there is also a downside of playing football. Football players are at risk of getting injured or becoming ill. FSG actively studies how to prevent these sport medical problems. It does so by examining the epidemiology and risk factors of injuries and illnesses in (talented) football players. Furthermore, players that push their limits too far may develop non-functional overreaching. This state has serious health consequences such as performance decrement, severe fatigue, depression and altered sleeping patterns. A better understanding of these problems must lead to the development of interventions that reduce health risks and improve health benefits associated with playing the game.
Football & PerformanceThrough research, Football Science Groningen aims to optimize football performance. A major area of interest is the training process. Indicators of capacity, training load and recovery are monitored daily and consistently via players and coaches. An optimal training process should eventually lead to improved match performance. Therefore, research aimed at understanding match performance is another main area of interest. Among other topics, this includes the science behind penalty’s, state-of-the-art tactical analyses and momentum within matches. Also, changes in football performance across time are highly relevant and extensively studied. FSG builds on a rich history of research into talent identification, talent selection and talent development. Examples include the development of physical, tactical, technical and self-regulatory skills of elite youth football players, along with factors that influence this development like parental support. Finally, FSG aims to develop software packages and training and testing tools to quantify and evaluate performance characteristics. The Interval Shuttle Run Test that quantifies Intermittent endurance capacity is widely used and a well-known example.
Football & Sustainable society
Research in Groningen looks at all aspects of football. Apart from the effects of active participation on performance or healthy aging, sport is also enjoyed passively by many fans. The value of active and passive participation of football for the society are mapped as well by FSG. This work includes a wide range of perspectives, from economic value to social value. FSG includes research in the fields of the economic effects of tournaments and football matches, team composition, and the quality of managers. Also, FSG researches the value of football for social inclusion and raising levels of participation.