Reply to Lewin and O’Driscoll: Comment on: “Monitoring of Post-Match Fatigue in Professional Soccer: Welcome to the Real World”
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We would like to thank Lewin and O’Driscoll for their commentary  on our recently published current opinion paper  regarding post-match fatigue (PMF) monitoring in elite soccer. We will address in turn what we feel are their main points.
Lewin and O’Driscoll  stated that the take-home message of our paper errs towards the negative and that PMF monitoring is probably too difficult and not worth introducing in a practical setting. We feel this was not the case, and it was certainly not our intention, as all the contributing authors to some extent utilize (or have utilized) PMF monitoring in professional club and/or national team soccer environments. However, through a critical in-depth review of the related literature, and based on our own experiences as well as exchanges with peers in elite settings, we stand by two of our key summary points: (1) owing to a lack of scientific (and anecdotal, we may add) evidence, uncertainty still exists around the real-world...
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Christopher Carling, Mathieu Lacome, Alan McCall, Gregory Dupont, Franck Le Gall, Ben Simpson and Martin Buchheit declare that they have no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this letter.
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