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Stakeholder’s understanding and perceptions of bio-banding in junior-elite football training

Reeves, MJ and Enright, KJ and Dowling, J and Roberts, SJ Stakeholder’s understanding and perceptions of bio-banding in junior-elite football training. Soccer and Society. ISSN 1466-0970 (Accepted)

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the understanding and perceptions of professional football academy staff, youth players and parents/carers in the use of ‘bio-banding’ during a seven week, pre-season training period. Data included a series of one-to-one semi-structured interviews and semi-structured focus groups with the three participant groups. Data were collected at three distinct times: 1) pre-bio-banded training; 2) during-bio-banded training; and 3) post-bio-banded training. Data were analysed qualitatively using a constant comparative approach. Results suggested that there are six key themes associated with bio-banding pre-season training: 1) interpretation of bio-banding; 2) perceived disadvantages; 3) perceived advantages; 4) changes to coaching planning and practice; 5) educating stakeholders; and 6) logistical issues. This study concludes by proposing applied practitioners consider the findings as a framework to guide operationalising bio-banding in their environment.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 11:03
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 13:20
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5749

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