The purpose of the study was to analyse the magnitude of head impact incidence and heading characteristics in elite women’s football across a season. Football players (matches n=25, training n=18) had their headers and head impacts quantified and characterised for the 2020/2021 season. Video recordings from a single elevated camera on the halfway line was used to analyse for 22 matches and 98 training sessions. Overall, 5063 headers and 9 non-ball to head impacts were collected and analysed. This study shows more headers occurred in training than matches for the team of interest across the season (training, 2976; matches, 974). However, the nature of the headers was more submaximal in training than matches, the rate of headers was lower (training, 15.9 headers per hour; matches 29.5 headers per hour), and non-ball to head impacts were much lower (training, 0; matches 9). The longitudinal study presents differences between headers and head impacts in matches and training and provides novel data to further develop our understanding of heading in women’s football.
Bentley, Levi; Lauder, Mike; and Smith, Neal
"HEADING INCIDENCE AND CHARACTERISTICS IN ELITE WOMEN’S FOOTBALL OVER THE 2020/2021 SEASON,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 40:
1, Article 17.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol40/iss1/17