A New Collaboration between the Department of Sport and the Czech Football Association

The Department of Sport has teamed up with the Czech Football Association (FACR) to give our U-21 national team a performance boost. Last week, on June 5th, a group of academics and students (see photo) from the Department of Sport headed to Prague to evaluate the physical performance of the Czech players. This marks the start of a collaboration aimed at bridging the gap between academic research and real-world football.

13 Jun 2024 Ana Carolina Paludo

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The testing was pretty intense. The academics used top-notch gear from the Faculty of Sports Studies, like the 1080 Sprint system and high-tech force platforms, to measure the players’ strength, power, and mobility. These assessments are crucial for understanding where each player stands in terms of fitness and what areas need work.

What’s great about this initiative is that it provides coaches and players with detailed reports on their physical condition. This means everyone will know exactly what needs to be done to improve performance and prevent injuries. It’s all about making sure our young athletes are in the best shape possible.

This partnership also highlights the University’s commitment to serving the community. By sharing their knowledge and resources, they’re helping to elevate the standard of sports science and player development in Czech football. This is a perfect example of how academic expertise can be applied in practical, impactful ways.

The recent testing in Prague is just the beginning. As the collaboration between the Department of Sport and FACR continues, we can expect even more benefits for Czech football. With ongoing assessments and continuous improvement, this partnership is set to raise the bar for player development and performance.

In short, this new partnership is a win-win for everyone involved. Our football players stars get the support they need to improve their performance, while the University and FACR set new standards in sports science.

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