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Sports Performance and Exercise

Edited by: Dr Filipe Manuel Clemente, Dr Fabio Nakamura and Dr Sixto González-Víllora

The Sports Performance and Exercise Collection it is a new venue to publish original research, meta-analyses, reviews, case studies, and short communications within all topics of Sport and Exercise Science.

Authors of articles that discuss a multidisciplinary approach to Sports and Exercise Science may often witness difficulty when seeking publication in high quality journals. Thus, we sought to launch and oversee a venue which will publish high quality articles of this topic-spanning nature, those which cross any areas from Biomedical Science, Physiology, Engineering, Clinical Medicine and Social Sciences.

Moreover, many high quality journals in Sports Science require payment to read the published content, and the research is not available for re-use by peers. For this reason, SpringerPlus provides the opportunity to increase the visibility of research by providing an Open Access platform for the needs of our fellow Sport and Exercise Scientists.


This Collection aims to publish research on various aspects of the Sports and Exercise Sciences. Topics invited are:

1) Performance in Sport. Edited by Dr Del P. Wong and Dr Wilbur Kraak

  • Match Analysis in Sports
  • Performance Analysis in Sports
  • Sports Training
  • Training methodology and periodization

2) Physical Activity, Exercise and Physical Fitness. Edited by Chang-Gyun Kim, Dr Karen Lee and Dr Robert Pritchett

  • Benefits of regular physical activity
  • Health benefits of physical activity
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Senior Health
  • Injury Prevention
  • Physical Education

3) Motor Control and Learning. Edited by Dr Rui Sousa Mendes, Dr Juan Fuentes, and Dr Fernando Manuel Lourenço Martins

  • Motor learning
  • Motor Control
  • Motor Behaviour
  • Biomechanics
  • Neurosciences and Motor Control

4) Sports Management, Tourism and Recreation. Edited by Dr Claude Sobry and Dr Ricardo Melo

  • Sports Management
  • Sports and Tourism
  • Sports Recreation

All articles submitted undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editorial screening and single-blind refereeing by at least two peer reviewers.

The Collection will consider ‘negative result’ studies.

Submission Instructions:

If your manuscript meets the aims and scope of this individual Collection, please first follow all of the SpringerPlus Submission Guidelines.

During submission, at the "Additional Information" section, please select that you are submitting to an Article Collection, and choose “Sports Performance and Exercise” from the list.

Collection Articles:

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  1. Research

    Weekly physical activity patterns of university students: Are athletes more active than non-athletes?

    The aim of the present study was to compare weekly physical activity (PA) and obesity-related markers in athlete and non-athlete university students. One hundred and twenty-six university students (53 males, ...

    Filipe Manuel Clemente, Pantelis Theodoros Nikolaidis, Fernando Manuel Lourenço Martins and Rui Sousa Mendes

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1808

    Published on: 18 October 2016

  2. Research

    Injuries and home advantage in the NFL

    In the first decade of this century players in the National Football League, the NFL community, fans, even the public at large, became aware that multiple concussions, heretofore considered inconsequential, co...

    Marshall B. Jones

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1734

    Published on: 6 October 2016

  3. Review

    Tactical expertise assessment in youth football using representative tasks

    Specific football drills improve the development of technical/tactical and physical variables in players. Based on this principle, in recent years it has been possible to observe in daily training a growing vo...

    Jaime Serra-Olivares, Filipe Manuel Clemente and Sixto González-Víllora

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1301

    Published on: 9 August 2016

  4. Research

    Disruptive behavior among elementary students in physical education

    The aim of this study was to determine which disruptive behaviors occur most often in physical education (PE) classes, and to identify the existence of a pattern of behavior that leads to this disruptive behav...

    José López Jiménez, Alfonso Valero-Valenzuela, M. Teresa Anguera and Arturo Díaz Suárez

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1154

    Published on: 22 July 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in SpringerPlus 2016 5:1364

  5. Short Report

    Effects of compression clothing on speed–power performance of elite Paralympic sprinters: a pilot study

    Compression garments are thought to aid performance in some selected speed–power activities owing to improved sensory feedback and proprioception. The aim of this study was to test the effects of using compres...

    Irineu Loturco, Ciro Winckler, Thiago F. Lourenço, Amaury Veríssimo, Ronaldo Kobal, Katia Kitamura, Lucas A. Pereira and Fábio Y. Nakamura

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:1047

    Published on: 11 July 2016

  6. Study Protocol

    Improving fundamental movement skills in Hong Kong students through an assessment for learning intervention that emphasizes fun, mastery, and support: the A + FMS randomized controlled trial study protocol

    Assessment for learning has been identified as an effective strategy to help children learn more effectively. Developing children to master basic movement skills in primary school requires formative assessment...

    Cecilia Chan, Amy Ha and Johan Y. Y. Ng

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:724

    Published on: 16 June 2016

  7. Research

    Do women reduce the gap to men in ultra-marathon running?

    The aim of the present study was to examine sex differences across years in performance of runners in ultra-marathons lasting from 6 h to 10 days (i.e. 6, 12, 24, 48, 72, 144, and 240 h). Data of 32,187 finish...

    Beat Knechtle, Fabio Valeri, Pantelis T. Nikolaidis, Matthias A. Zingg, Thomas Rosemann and Christoph A. Rüst

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:672

    Published on: 20 May 2016

  8. Research

    Increased participation and improved performance in age group backstroke master swimmers from 25–29 to 100–104 years at the FINA World Masters Championships from 1986 to 2014

    Participation and performance trends in age group athletes have been investigated for different sport disciplines, but not for master swimmers. The knowledge on this topic is still missing for a particular str...

    Chiara M. Unterweger, Beat Knechtle, Pantelis T. Nikolaidis, Thomas Rosemann and Christoph A. Rüst

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:645

    Published on: 17 May 2016

  9. Research

    Level of habitual physical activity in children and adolescents from the Region of Murcia (Spain)

    The level of physical activity of people is a very important issue internationally. The aim of this study was to analyze the level of habitual physical activity in children and adolescents from the Region of M...

    Guillermo Felipe López Sánchez, Sixto González Víllora and Arturo Díaz Suárez

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:386

    Published on: 31 March 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in SpringerPlus 2016 5:1057

  10. Research

    Male and female Ethiopian and Kenyan runners are the fastest and the youngest in both half and full marathon

    In major marathon races such as the ‘World Marathon Majors’, female and male East African runners particularly from Ethiopia and Kenya are the fastest. However, whether this trend appears for female and male E...

    Beat Knechtle, Pantelis T. Nikolaidis, Vincent O. Onywera, Matthias A. Zingg, Thomas Rosemann and Christoph A. Rüst

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:223

    Published on: 29 February 2016

  11. Short report

    Does voluntary hypoventilation during exercise impact EMG activity?

    It has been reported that exercise under hypoxic conditions induces reduced muscle oxygenation, which could be related to enhanced activity on electromyography (EMG). Although it has been demonstrated that exe...

    Daisuke Kume, Shogo Akahoshi, Takashi Yamagata, Toshihiro Wakimoto and Noriki Nagao

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:149

    Published on: 24 February 2016

  12. Research

    Half-marathoners are younger and slower than marathoners

    Age and performance trends of elite and recreational marathoners are well investigated, but not for half-marathoners. We analysed age and performance trends in 508,108 age group runners (125,894 female and 328...

    Beat Knechtle, Pantelis T. Nikolaidis, Matthias A. Zingg, Thomas Rosemann and Christoph A. Rüst

    SpringerPlus 2016 5:76

    Published on: 26 January 2016

  13. Research

    Determination of a strength index for upper body local endurance strength in sedentary individuals: a cross sectional analysis

    A range of balance between flexor and extensor muscles is fundamental in order to prevent pathologies caused by bad postures or to ensure health of the joint as a measure of prevention of overtraining in speci...

    Ewan Thomas, Antonino Bianco, Marianna Bellafiore, Giuseppe Battaglia, Antonio Paoli and Antonio Palma

    SpringerPlus 2015 4:734

    Published on: 25 November 2015

  14. Methodology

    Development of a multiplex real-time PCR assay for detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia pneumoniae and mutations associated with macrolide resistance in Mycoplasma pneumoniae from respiratory clinical specimens

    The aim of this study was to improve detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Chlamydia pneumoniae in clinical specimens by developing a multiplex real-time PCR assay that includes identification of macrolide-resi...

    Maaret Nummi, Laura Mannonen and Mirja Puolakkainen

    SpringerPlus 2015 4:684

    Published on: 10 November 2015

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