Resilience in soccer: A multidisciplinary, dynamic, and personalized approach

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Soccer players are regularly exposed to various stressors, such as losing matches and high training loads. In order to maintain optimal performance, it is important that players quickly recover from such stressors, both psychologically and physically. In other words, players need to demonstrate resilience by quickly bouncing back from the stressors [1]. Recent work suggests that resilience processes are dynamic and athlete-specific, which warrants a focus on psychological and physiological processes over time, within individual players [2]. Accordingly, soccer clubs need an infrastructure that allows the measurement, integration, and analysis of the stressors players encounter, as well as the resulting psychological and physical changes [1].
In this talk, I will present a multidisciplinary, dynamic, and personalized approach to measure and improve resilience in the soccer field. Our research project involves a close collaboration between psychologists, human movement scientists, data scientists, and professional soccer clubs (see We have developed an infrastructure to measure the stressors and states of soccer players through wearable sensors on the pitch and a tailor-made web application. I will demonstrate insights on warning signals of resilience losses in individual players: How can we detect when athletes are losing the ability to bounce back from stressors? Furthermore, I will illustrate how our analytic algorithms are translated into visualizations for practitioners on the resilience of individual soccer players.

1. Den Hartigh, R. J. R., Meerhoff, L. R. A., Van Yperen, N. W., Neumann, N. D., Brauers, J. J., Frencken, W. G. P., Emerencia, A., Hill, Y., Platvoet, S., Atzmueller, M., Lemmink, K. A. P. M., & Brink, M. S. (2022). Resilience in sports: a multidisciplinary, dynamic, and personalized perspective. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology. Advance online publication.

2. Neumann, N. D., Van Yperen, N. W., Brauers, J. R., Frencken, W., Brink, M. S., Lemmink, K. A. P. M., Meerhoff, L. A., & Den Hartigh, R. J. R. (2021). Non-ergodicity in load and recovery: Group results do not generalize to individuals. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Advance online publication.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2022
EventWorld Congress on Science and Soccer 2022 - Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 15-Jun-202217-Jun-2022


ConferenceWorld Congress on Science and Soccer 2022
Abbreviated titleWCSS 2022
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  • resilience
  • football
  • dynamic approach
  • stress and recovery

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