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Kathryn L. Heinze and Di Lu

proactive attempts to lead or control institutional change. To enhance understanding of how organizational responses shift, we use a longitudinal case study of the National Football League’s (NFL) responses to institutional change around the issue of player concussions. Concussion attributable to sports has

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Samuel Ryan, Aaron J. Coutts, Joel Hocking, Patrick A. Dillon, Anthony Whitty and Thomas Kempton

Wearable microtechnology has enabled coaches and scientists to analyze the physical demands of Australian football training and match play, facilitating the implementation of training programs to maximize competition performance and minimize injury risk. 1 Given the nature and quantity of training

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João Breno Ribeiro-Alvares, Maurício Pinto Dornelles, Carolina Gassen Fritsch, Felipe Xavier de Lima-e-Silva, Thales Menezes Medeiros, Lucas Severo-Silveira, Vanessa Bernardes Marques and Bruno Manfredini Baroni

Hamstring strain injury (HSI) is the most prevalent injury in football (soccer), representing 12% of all injuries in high-level players. 1 A professional team can expect 5 to 6 HSIs per season, 2 and these injuries typically have persistent symptoms 3 and high recurrence rates. 2 Players “off

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Charles Macaulay, Joseph Cooper and Shaun Dougherty

A 67-game winning streak, an Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) nationally televised game, and 17 players receiving financial assistance for tuition with a growing list of players emerging at the next level. This is not a college team, but rather it is a high school football

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Srinidhi Bellamkonda, Samantha J. Woodward, Eamon Campolettano, Ryan Gellner, Mireille E. Kelley, Derek A. Jones, Amaris Genemaras, Jonathan G. Beckwith, Richard M. Greenwald, Arthur C. Maerlender, Steven Rowson, Stefan M. Duma, Jillian E. Urban, Joel D. Stitzel and Joseph J. Crisco

manifestation of concussion symptoms. 8 Therefore, documenting exposure (magnitude, frequency, and location) of subconcussive head impacts remains an important challenge. Injury statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported football (touch and tackle) to have the highest number of head

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Raúl Reina, Aitor Iturricastillo, Rafael Sabido, Maria Campayo-Piernas and Javier Yanci

Football performance depends on several aspects, such as technical, tactical, psychological, physical, and physiological factors. 1 From a physiological standpoint, football is a high-intensity intermittent exercise mode that combines short and intense bouts with other low-intensity movements, 2

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David Adams, Brendan Cropley and Richard Mullen

The purpose of the current study was to empirically examine the potential course content, structure, and delivery mechanisms for a dedicated elite youth coach education programme in football (soccer) in the UK. By achieving this aim it was the intention of the authors to use the findings of this study for the future development of a customised coach education programme. Fifteen elite coaches, working in youth football at the time of the study, participated in one of three focus groups. Emerging from content analysis procedures, the findings placed specific importance on the development of an athlete-centred coaching philosophy, a focus on behaviours and activities associated with positive youth development, a movement away from traditional practices, and the development of the skills required to learn through reflective practice. In addition, a range of pedagogical approaches, including social approaches to learning, mentoring, and blended learning, were highlighted as ways to better deliver education programmes.

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Brian E. Menaker and Daniel P. Connaughton

Alcohol consumption at college football games concerns stadium and university administrators because of the risk of alcohol-related crime, injury, and other potential problems. The purpose of this study was to determine how many of the 120 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision athletic department Web sites posted their stadium alcohol policies, what their alcohol policies contained, and how they differed. An analysis of information about the availability of alcohol, restrictions on alcohol consumption, and the enforcement of the policies on their official university-sponsored athletic department stadium Web sites was conducted. Results of the study suggested that alcohol policy information is often unavailable or difficult to locate. College athletic department Web sites are typically filled with varying information about their sport teams, but because of the layout and busy nature of such sites, it is often difficult to find certain information on them.

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George Wehbe, Tim Gabbett, Dan Dwyer, Christopher McLellan and Sam Coad

Purpose:

To compare a novel sprint test on a cycle ergometer with a countermovement-jump (CMJ) test for monitoring neuromuscular fatigue after Australian rules football match play.

Methods:

Twelve elite under-18 Australian rules football players (mean ± SD age 17.5 ± 0.6 y, stature 184.7 ± 8.8 cm, body mass 75.3 ± 7.8 kg) from an Australian Football League club’s Academy program performed a short sprint test on a cycle ergometer along with a single CMJ test 1 h prematch and 1, 24, and 48 h postmatch. The cycle-ergometer sprint test involved a standardized warm-up, a maximal 6-s sprint, a 1-min active recovery, and a 2nd maximal 6-s sprint, with the highest power output of the 2 sprints recorded as peak power (PP).

Results:

There were small to moderate differences between postmatch changes in cycle-ergometer PP and CMJ PP at 1 (ES = 0.49), 24 (ES = –0.85), and 48 h postmatch (ES = 0.44). There was a substantial reduction in cycle-ergometer PP at 24 h postmatch (ES = –0.40) compared with 1 h prematch.

Conclusions:

The cycle-ergometer sprint test described in this study offers a novel method of neuromuscular-fatigue monitoring in team-sport athletes and specifically quantifies the concentric component of the fatigue-induced decrement of force production in muscle, which may be overlooked by a CMJ test.

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Grace Yan, Dustin Steller, Nicholas M. Watanabe and Nels Popp

, & Karg, 2015 ). With this understanding, this study sought to advance the current discussion by proposing an alternative approach to examine broader patterns of content generation of college football on Web 2.0 platforms. The significance of studying Web 2.0 sport-content generation resides in the