Research has often characterised the strength characteristics of elite youth male soccer players, HOWEVER, little is known about female players. The popularity and professionalism of female sport has increased markedly in recent years. In soccer, for example, the increased professionalism has resulted in the growth of elite female soccer academies for youth players designed to develop the next generation of elite senior international players. As part of the increasingly professional training programmes, youth elite female soccer athletes now regularly undertake strength and conditioning training and scheduled fitness testing throughout the season to monitor their development.
Experts Dr. Stacey Emmonds and Dr. Matt Wright have extensive practical and research backgrounds in this area.
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Dr. Stacey Emmonds
Stacey Emmonds works for Leeds Beckett University and is a Reader in Sports Performance. Her main areas of interest are paediatric physiology, strength and conditioning, talent development as well as the match and training demands of youth athletes. Stacey's current research focus in on the performance characteristics of youth female soccer players. Stacey also has extensive experience of working within elite sport. She spent 6 years at Leeds United where she was Head of Sport Science for Leeds United academy. She has head of athletic development for the Leeds United girls academy, and is the lead strength and conditioning coach for England Women's rugby league squad.
Dr. Matthew Wright
Dr Matthew Wright is a lecturer in Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning at Teeside University. He is an accredited strength and conditioning coach with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and sports scientist with the British Association of Sports and Exercise Scientist (BASES) with over 10 years experience initiating, developing and leading sports science support to performance athletes in a range of sports. He has a particular interest in the physical development of youth athletes and has led the physical development programme for Teesside Sports FA Girls’ Regional Talent Club since 2011. Matthew has published a number of peer reviewed papers relating to youth athlete development and his research interests include the assessment and development of fundamental movement competency in youth athletes and the long-term development of physical qualities in girls football players as well the quantification of training and match intensities.