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Cathal Cassidy, Kieran Collins and Marcus Shortall

Gaelic football is a team-based invasion field sport indigenous to Ireland ( Reilly et al., 2015 ). It represents the most popular of the Gaelic games governed by the Gaelic Athletic Association ( Beasley, 2015 ). The elite Gaelic football season consists of competitions played between January and

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Samuel Ryan, Emidio Pacecca, Jye Tebble, Joel Hocking, Thomas Kempton and Aaron J. Coutts

confident interpretation of athlete monitoring data by identifying meaningful changes (ie, those that exceed the “noise” in the test). Studies in professional Australian Football (AF) have shown perceptual wellness questionnaires are sensitive to weekly change in training load 8 and match load, 15

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Javier Yanci, Daniel Castillo, Aitor Iturricastillo, Tomás Urbán and Raúl Reina

Cerebral palsy (CP) football is played according to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association Laws of the Game. 1 However, the International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football (IFCPF) introduced modifications to make the sport more accessible for players with CP and other

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Eric Emmanuel Coris, Stephen Walz, Jeff Konin and Michele Pescasio


Heat illness is the third leading cause of death in athletics and a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in exercising athletes. Once faced with a case of heat related illness, severe or mild, the health care professional is often faced with the question of when to reactivate the athlete for competitive sport. Resuming activity without modifying risk factors could lead to recurrence of heat related illness of similar or greater severity. Also, having had heat illness in and of itself may be a risk factor for future heat related illness. The decision to return the athlete and the process of risk reduction is complex and requires input from all of the components of the team. Involving the entire sports medicine team often allows for the safest, most successful return to play strategy. Care must be taken once the athlete does begin to return to activity to allow for re-acclimatization to exercise in the heat prior to resumption particularly following a long convalescent period after more severe heat related illness.

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Harry E. Routledge, Jill J. Leckey, Matt J. Lee, Andrew Garnham, Stuart Graham, Darren Burgess, Louise M. Burke, Robert M. Erskine, Graeme L. Close and James P. Morton

Invasive team sports such as soccer, 1 , 2 rugby league, 2 and Australian Football (AF) 2 , 3 are characterized by high-intensity (>19.8 km/h) intermittent activity profiles. Given the duration of activity (ie, 80–120 min) and high-intensity intermittent profiles, muscle glycogen is considered

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Beth G. Clarkson, Elwyn Cox and Richard C. Thelwell

Background In stark contrast to a significant growth in women’s participation in football (soccer) over the past 20 years, such growth is not reflected in the number of women coaches at all levels of expertise ( Williams, 2013 ). Recent reports indicate that 80% of coaching positions in European

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Monika Grygorowicz, Martyna Michałowska, Paulina Jurga, Tomasz Piontek, Honorata Jakubowska and Tomasz Kotwicki

Football is becoming an increasingly popular women’s team sports discipline around the world. In Poland, it is one of the 3 (along volleyball and basketball) most commonly played games in the population of girls and women. 1 Today, more than 11,000 girls and women are registered in the Polish

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Gina L. Trakman, Adrienne Forsyth, Kane Middleton, Russell Hoye, Sarah Jenner, Stephen Keenan and Regina Belski

In 2013–2014, nearly five million Australians aged 15 years and older stated that they played an organized sport ( Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015 ). Australian Football (AF) is the third most popular sport played in Australia ( Australian Sports Commission, 2016 ); and the elite, national

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Bailey Peck, Timothy Renzi, Hannah Peach, Jane Gaultney and Joseph S. Marino

A growing demand for an increase in body mass and strength of football players has resulted in a 50% increase in body weight among college Division I offensive and defensive linemen over the past 17 decades. 1 Although increased body mass is desirable for linemen, it does not come without inherent

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Herbert F. Moorhouse

In Britain, professional football (soccer) is the major sport and has been the focus of considerable sociological study. This paper argues that previous studies, which have concentrated on football’s relation to class relations and class cultures, have erred by ignoring the role of football finance. Evidence is provided about the relation in Britain between two professional leagues, the English and the Scottish; and the financial situation of four major clubs, two from each side of the border, is traced to reveal significant differences between them. These variations are then used to show how particular patterns of football finance feed into the symbols and images that surround the game in Scotland and that feed into the popular culture of that country in a way which preempts class as the most fruitful line of analysis.