The prestigious British magazine BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine recently conducted an interesting international analysis with the aim of mapping the scientific literature dedicated to football.

In order to identify the areas of greatest interest on which the researchers have focused so far and to encourage further exploration of this sport, the medical-scientific articles of the world have been classified as the subject of the game of football in all its declinations, from the preparation to the care of the accidents.

The result of this in-depth and demanding research has shown that among the 50 most-cited medical-scientific articles in the world, 6 have been developed at the Mapei Sport Research Center in Olgiate Olona (Varese, Italy) directed by Dr. Claudio Pecci.

In the top 50 global stand out in fact Use of RPE-based training load in soccer (Impellizzeri et al, 2004), Physiological and performance effects of generic versus specific aerobic training in soccer players (Impellizzeri et al, 2006), Variation in top level soccer match performance (Rampinini et al, 2007), Factors influencing physiological responses to small-sided soccer games (Rampinini et al, 2007), Technical performance during soccer matches of the Italian Serie A league: effect of fatigue and competitive level (Rampinini et al, 2009) and Validity of simple field tests as indicators of match-related physical performance in top-level professional soccer players (Rampinini et al, 2007).

The fact that the studies signed by Mapei Sport have been cited in numerous major works produced by foreign researchers demonstrates the goodness of the work of the Center that is divided between the scientific research activity, for which Andrea Bosio is responsible, and the multisectoral assistance to athletes.


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