Recent studies investigating the internal and external load in team sports emphasize the need to find the optimal training zone to improve performance and decrease injury risk.

In this PhD project the internal and external load of elite youth soccer players is monitored. The goal is 1) to establish the extent (incidence, severity) of injuries, 2) to gain insight into workload parameters and their relation with injury occurrence, and 3) to optimize workload models by using internal as well as external load parameters.

This project is executed in collaboration with the Feyenoord Academy and is funded by the Taskforce for Applied Research (Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek SIA).