Load monitoring in football

Frequent trainings and matches in soccer causes high load and neuromuscular fatigue. If the load gets too large it affects performance negatively and increases the chance of injury. Being able to monitor the load is therefore essential for good periodization.



Place: Norges Idrettshøgskole

Formal title

Load and fatigue monitoring in Norwegian professional football


The objectives of this PhD are firstly to investigate the usefulness of objective and subjective tools for monitoring load and fatigue in professional football. Secondly, we will study the relationship between load, fatigue, physical performance and injuries. Third, we will examine the association between the activity profile in one game and the subsequent recovery of fatigue and the physical performance on day three after the game. In addition, we will investigate to what degree ultra-structural damage in the muscle occurs after a game. Finally, we will examine whether it is possible to predict injuries or underperformance in football based on these monitoring tools. Our ambition is that the outcomes of this study can provide better recovery and periodization strategies to enhance physical performance and prevent injuries in football.


We will monitor load and fatigue by daily and weekly registrations through a full season in 2-4 professional football clubs. In a secondary project we will investigate the individual load in a single match, the subsequent recovery and the performance on day 3 after the game.