Sports Medicine

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 347–348 | Cite as

Authors’ Reply to Carling et al: Comment on: “The Use of Microtechnology to Quantify the Peak Match Demands of the Football Codes: A Systematic Review”

  • Sarah WhiteheadEmail author
  • Kevin Till
  • Dan Weaving
  • Ben Jones
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We thank Carling et al. [1] for their constructive comments on our recent systematic review [2] and welcome the opportunity to address the points they raise. We agree that further debate and research is required in this area. We addressed a range of limitations of current research and suggested a range of future directions in our review [2], and we are glad this has prompted further discussion in the area.

First, Carling et al. [1] expressed their concern that restriction of the review [2] to microtechnology-derived data omitted several studies in soccer (e.g., Bradley et al. [3], Di Mascio and Bradley [4], Fransson et al. [5], Mohr et al. [6, 7]). These studies were not included in our systematic review because they used optical tracking techniques as opposed to microtechnology devices. Thus, they did not meet the eligibility criteria and were removed at the screening stage (see Fig. 1 in Whitehead et al. [2]). We would first like to emphasis the title of our review:...


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Conflict of interest

Sarah Whitehead, Kevin Till, Dan Weaving and Ben Jones have no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this letter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Whitehead
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Kevin Till
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Dan Weaving
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ben Jones
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure, Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK
  2. 2.Leeds Rhinos Rugby League ClubLeedsUK
  3. 3.Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union ClubLeedsUK
  4. 4.The Rugby Football LeagueLeedsUK

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