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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:

  1. 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, ...

    Authors: Filipe Manuel Clemente, Pantelis Theodoros Nikolaidis, Fernando Manuel Lourenço Martins and Rui Sousa Mendes
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1808
  2. 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...

    Authors: Marshall B. Jones
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1734
  3. Lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration (LDD) frequently occurs in athletes. Associations between LDD and trunk muscles still remain unclear.

    Authors: Kazunori Iwai, Koji Koyama, Takashi Okada, Koichi Nakazato, Ray Takahashi, Shingo Matsumoto, Yosuke Yamamoto and Kenji Hiranuma
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1474
  4. Evaluation of metabolic parameters and cardiac function is important to determine the decrease in aerobic exercise capacity under hypoxic conditions. However, the variations in metabolic parameters and cardiac...

    Authors: Hwang-woon Moon, Sub Sunoo, Hun-young Park, Dong-jun Lee and Sang-seok Nam
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1294
  5. 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...

    Authors: José López Jiménez, Alfonso Valero-Valenzuela, M. Teresa Anguera and Arturo Díaz Suárez
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1154

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

  6. 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...

    Authors: Irineu Loturco, Ciro Winckler, Thiago F. Lourenço, Amaury Veríssimo, Ronaldo Kobal, Katia Kitamura, Lucas A. Pereira and Fábio Y. Nakamura
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1047
  7. 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...

    Authors: Cecilia Chan, Amy Ha and Johan Y. Y. Ng
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:724
  8. 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...

    Authors: Beat Knechtle, Fabio Valeri, Pantelis T. Nikolaidis, Matthias A. Zingg, Thomas Rosemann and Christoph A. Rüst
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:672
  9. 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...

    Authors: Chiara M. Unterweger, Beat Knechtle, Pantelis T. Nikolaidis, Thomas Rosemann and Christoph A. Rüst
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:645
  10. The 2014 FIFA World Cup was held in Brazil, where the climatic conditions presented a significant thermoregulatory and perceptual challenge to those unfamiliar with the heat and humidity.

    Authors: A. D. Ruddock, S. W. Thompson, S. A. Hudson, C. A. James, O. R. Gibson and J. A. Mee
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:617
  11. Previous studies have shown that muscle repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are often related to sport trainings among young participants. As such, understanding the mechanism of RSIs is essential for injury pre...

    Authors: Bingjun Wan and Gongbing Shan
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:441
  12. 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...

    Authors: Guillermo Felipe López Sánchez, Sixto González Víllora and Arturo Díaz Suárez
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:386

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

  13. 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...

    Authors: Beat Knechtle, Pantelis T. Nikolaidis, Vincent O. Onywera, Matthias A. Zingg, Thomas Rosemann and Christoph A. Rüst
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:223
  14. Small-sided and conditioned games (SSCGs) in sport have been modelled as complex adaptive systems. Research has shown that the relative space per player (RSP) formulated in SSCGs can impact on emergent tactica...

    Authors: Pedro Silva, Luís Vilar, Keith Davids, Duarte Araújo and Júlio Garganta
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:191
  15. 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...

    Authors: Daisuke Kume, Shogo Akahoshi, Takashi Yamagata, Toshihiro Wakimoto and Noriki Nagao
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:149
  16. 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...

    Authors: Beat Knechtle, Pantelis T. Nikolaidis, Matthias A. Zingg, Thomas Rosemann and Christoph A. Rüst
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:76
  17. 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...

    Authors: Ewan Thomas, Antonino Bianco, Marianna Bellafiore, Giuseppe Battaglia, Antonio Paoli and Antonio Palma
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:734
  18. Limb volume measurements are used for evaluating growth of muscle mass and effectivity of strength training. Beside sport sciences, it is used e.g. for detection of oedemas, lymphedemas or carcinomas or for ex...

    Authors: Adam Chromy, Ludek Zalud, Petr Dobsak, Igor Suskevic and Veronika Mrkvicova
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:707
  19. Purpose of the study was to examine relationship between distribution of healthy fitness zone standards of high school students and their type of housing or area of residence. Study sample consisted of 684 stu...

    Authors: Viera Bebcakova, Bibiana Vadasova, Peter Kacur, Jan Junger, Iveta Borzikova, Martin Zvonar and Marta Gimunova
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:691
  20. 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...

    Authors: Maaret Nummi, Laura Mannonen and Mirja Puolakkainen
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:684
  21. For sports assessment to be comprehensive, it must address all variables of sports development, such as psychological, social-emotional, physical and physiological, technical and tactical. Tactical assessment...

    Authors: Sixto González-Víllora, Jaime Serra-Olivares, Juan Carlos Pastor-Vicedo and Israel Teoldo da Costa
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:663
  22. The purpose of this study was to examine relationships between objective and self-report measures of physical activity and muscle strength among healthy adults ranging in age from 20 to 91 years. Participants ...

    Authors: Allie Leblanc, Beth A. Taylor, Paul D. Thompson, Jeffrey A. Capizzi, Priscilla M. Clarkson, C. Michael White and Linda S. Pescatello
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:557
  23. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of inspiratory muscle (IM) warm-up on performance and locomotor muscle oxygenation during high-intensity intermittent sprint cycling exercise. Ten subjec...

    Authors: Toshiyuki Ohya, Masahiro Hagiwara and Yasuhiro Suzuki
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:556
  24. Participation and performance trends for age group marathoners have been investigated for large city marathons such as the ‘New York City Marathon’ but not for mountain marathons. This study investigated parti...

    Authors: Beat Knechtle, Thomas Rosemann, Matthias A. Zingg and Christoph A. Rüst
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:523
  25. We investigated the nation related participation and performance trends in triathletes competing in ‘Norseman Xtreme Triathlon’ between 2006 and 2014 using mixed models, one-way analysis of variance and multi-...

    Authors: Christoph A. Rüst, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Alessio Signori, Michael Stiefel, Thomas Rosemann and Beat Knechtle
    Citation: SpringerPlus 2015 4:469