Sports Medicine

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 491–492 | Cite as

Reply to Lewin and O’Driscoll: Comment on: “Monitoring of Post-Match Fatigue in Professional Soccer: Welcome to the Real World”

  • Christopher CarlingEmail author
  • Mathieu Lacome
  • Alan McCall
  • Gregory Dupont
  • Franck Le Gall
  • Ben Simpson
  • Martin Buchheit
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We would like to thank Lewin and O’Driscoll for their commentary [1] on our recently published current opinion paper [2] 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 [1] 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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Conflicts of Interest

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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Carling
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mathieu Lacome
    • 2
  • Alan McCall
    • 3
    • 4
  • Gregory Dupont
    • 5
  • Franck Le Gall
    • 6
  • Ben Simpson
    • 2
  • Martin Buchheit
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Coaching and Performance, University of Central LancashirePrestonUK
  2. 2.Performance DepartmentParis Saint-Germain Football ClubSaint-Germain-en-LayeFrance
  3. 3.Research Department for Sports and Exercise Science, Faculty of Health, Life and Social SciencesEdinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghUK
  4. 4.Medical DepartmentArsenal Football ClubLondonUK
  5. 5.The Football Exchange, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise SciencesLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK
  6. 6.Federation Française de FootballParisFrance

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