Pedro Figueiredo

Pedro Figueiredo
United Arab Emirates University | UAEU · Department of Physical Education

PhD

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Additional affiliations
February 2012 - July 2013
Instituto Superior da Maia
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
December 2011 - October 2012
University of Porto
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  • PostDoc Position
September 2007 - October 2011
University of Porto
Position
  • PhD Student

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Publications (245)
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This study aimed to understand how the design of decision-making tasks affects youth football players’ ball control, passing performance, and external load. A total of 16 male youth football players (age: 12.94 ± 0.25 years) competed in various tasks based on the following levels of decision-making: (i) low decision-making (Low DM), which consisted...
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The current study aimed to describe sleep habits and analyze the associations between sleep indices, changes in perceived fatigue (Δ Fatigue) and external training load measures in women soccer players during a 7-day training camp. Sixteen elite women soccer players (age: 25.4 ± 3.6 years; mean ± SD) from the Portuguese Women’s National Team partic...
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Football is associated with a certain risk of injury, leading to short- and long-term health consequences. However, the perception of football players about injury risk and prevention strategies is poorly documented. The present article reviewed the literature about perceptions, beliefs, attitudes and knowledge toward injury risk and prevention str...
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Purpose: Microdosing of exercise aims to deliver smaller daily training doses but at a higher weekly frequency, adding up to a similar weekly volume as in nonmicrodosed training. This commentary critically discusses this concept, which appears to be a rebranding of the "old" distributed practice of motor learning. Development: We propose that mi...
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Several constraints, including environmental (e.g., aquatic resistance, temperature and viscosity), organismic (e.g., anthropometry, buoy- ancy) and task-related (e.g., imposed swim speed or stroke rate) impact motor coordination and swimming performance. As motor coordination requires structurally organising intra- and inter-limb coupling, the pur...
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Objectives This study examined the peak physical and physiological performance intensities and associated decrements in elite soccer referees during match play. Design Longitudinal study. Method Physical performance variables and heart rate were analyzed during 457 matches across two seasons. Differences between halves, and the rate of decline in...
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Prevention has traditionally been categorized into three main areas: primary, secondary, and tertiary. In this Current Opinion, we present and discuss the concept of quaternary prevention in sports. Quaternary prevention aims to protect individuals from interventions that likely cause more harm than good, such as overdiagnosis, overtreatment, and o...
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Esports are a contemporary phenomenon, with millions of people involved. Still, scientific literature on the topic is scarce. Anecdotal reports, mostly based on what is known from videogames practice, have associated esports with unhealthy lifestyles and health-related problems. The present scoping review aimed to provide an overview of findings fr...
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Background Economic analysis of health interventions is essential to the development and implementation of sustainable health policies, especially in noncommunicable diseases area. Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is one of the most relevant noncommunicable diseases globally. Regular physical activity is an established cornerstone of T2D control, with benefit...
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The study aimed to assess the effect of different front crawl stroke rates (SR) in the oxygen uptake (V̇O2) kinetics and V̇O2 peak, the total time to exhaustion (TTE), and blood lactate concentration ([La]) at 95% of the 400-m front crawl test (T400) mean speed (S400). Twelve endurance swimmers performed a T400 and four trials at 95% of the S400: (...
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This study aimed to quantify the external match loads (EMLs) of a Portuguese u-23 soccer team, competing at the highest national level for the age group, comparing players with different starting status throughout a competitive season and specific blocks. Thirty-five outfield soccer players were split into three groups for the entire season analysi...
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The current brief research report aimed to investigate the influence of contextual variables on peak running performance in male elite soccer players. We analyzed matches of an elite soccer team during the Brazilian Serie A 2019. Twenty players were tracked using GPS units. Peak physical performance was determined using moving average running value...
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Objective The present systematic review aimed to provide an overview of training load (TL), along with their responses, monitoring during training sessions in highly trained and elite adult women soccer players.Data sourceElectronic databases searches (PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science and Ebsco) for relevant studies published in peer-reviewed journal...
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Objectives This systematic review summarises biomechanical, physiological and performance factors affecting running after cycling and explores potential effective strategies to improve performance during running after cycling. Design Systematic review. Methods The literature search included all documents available until 14th December 2021 from Me...
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A case study comparing sleep in shared and individual rooms during a training camp in elite youth soccer players
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This study investigated the effects of a coordinative in-water training. Total 26 young swimmers (16 boys) were divided in a training group (that performed two sets of 6 × 25-m front crawl, with manipulated speed and stroke frequency, two/week for eight weeks) and a control group. At the beginning and end of the training period, swimmers performed...
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The current case study aimed to quantify within-subjects correlations between training load and well-being in elite male beach soccer players. Data were obtained over three consecutive days during the preparation camp for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Russia 2021. The session rating of perceived exertion (s-RPE) and external training load metrics...
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O Ser Humano passa cerca de um terço da vida a dormir. Isso significa que se alguémviver até aos 90 anos, terá passado cerca de 30 anos da sua vida a dormir. Como tal, hoje em dia, muitas pessoas veem o sono de aproximadamente 8h/dia como uma perda de tempo e desnecessário. Este pode ser um problema para qualquer pessoa principalmente para atletas....
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OBJETIVO Este estudo procurou descrever e analisar as associações entre os índices de bem-estar e as variáveis de carga externa durante um microciclo competitivo.
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INTRODUÇÃO: No futebol de elite, o uso de métodos de recuperação é fundamental. No entanto, permanece por esclarecer se a frequência e o momentos de utilização das práticas de recuperação são iguais em equipas de futebol masculino e feminino. OBJECTIVOS: Este estudo teve como objetivo comparar o uso dos métodos de recuperação entre equipas Portugue...
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The study aims were to analyse the impact of sleeping in shared (SR) vs. individual (IR) rooms on objective and subjective sleep, and on slow-wave sleep (SWS)-derived cardiac autonomic activity during an official training camp in elite youth soccer players. Training and match workloads were characterized between training camps. Players slept signif...
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The present study aimed to investigate the prevalence of dietary supplements usage (types, reasons for usage, sources of information, purchase venues) among elite female football players, using a self‐administered questionnaire. The study participants (n = 103) were recruited through team physicians during an official international tournament. Over...
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The current study aimed to investigate if the gut microbiota composition of elite female football players changes during an official international tournament. The study was conducted throughout ten consecutive days, encompassing seven training sessions and three official matches. The matches were separated by 48-72 hours. Seventeen elite female foo...
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This narrative review paper aimed to discuss the literature on machine learning applications in soccer with an emphasis on injury risk assessment. A secondary aim was to provide practical tips for the health and performance staff in soccer clubs on how machine learning can provide a competitive advantage. Performance analysis is the area with the m...
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Background: In football (ie, soccer), the effectiveness of recovery practices is critical to maintain high levels of performance, prevent residual fatigue, and reduce injury risk. However, the recovery methods that professional football teams put in place up to 72 hours postmatch are widely unknown. Purpose: This study aimed to characterize the...
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Upon the emergence of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic (CP), football referees were forced to cope with the interruption of leagues and experience quarantines, with a potential threat to their physical and psychological well-being. This study examined referees’ perceptions of the CP change-event, particularly the effects on refereeing engagement and p...
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Sleep is an essential component for athletes' recovery from fatigue, due especially to its physiological and psychological restorative effects. Moreover, sleep is extremely important for numerous biological functions and sleep deprivation can have significant effects on athletic performance on short-, medium-, and long-term. For example, and consid...
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This study aimed to investigate the effects of contextual variables on running performance in Brazilian professional soccer players. Twenty male players from one club participating in the 1st Division of the Brazilian soccer championship were analyzed during 35 matches. Global Positioning System was used to determine total distance covered, distanc...
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Background: Studies on walking football have found positive effects on health; however, there are still several research gaps when applying walking football programs for patients with type 2 diabetes. Objective: This study aims to test the effectiveness of a walking football exercise program on glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors in...
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Background Salivary secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA) is a non-invasive biological marker that may be used to monitor an athlete’s response to training and to identify athletes at risk for upper respiratory tract infection. However, its usefulness in elite athletes is unclear. Objective To determine the variation of sIgA in male Olympic athletes d...
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INTRODUÇÃO: O exercício físico, quando realizado antes de deitar, pode alterar os ritmos circadianos, os padrões do sono e a atividade do sistema nervoso autônomo. Este assunto torna-se relevante em jogadoras de futebol que poderão iniciar os treinos muito tarde, perto da hora de dormir, devido aos seus compromissos pessoais diários (ex. trabalho e...
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Elite sport practitioners increasingly use data to support training process decisions related to athletes' health and performance. A careful application of data analytics is essential to gain valuable insights and recommendations that can guide decision making. In business organizations, data analytics are developed based on conceptual data analyti...
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Background The escalated competitive pressure and professionalisation of esports players could predispose them to mental health symptoms. We aimed to develop a model to explore the association between distress and anxiety/depression symptoms and potential associations between adaptive or maladaptive coping strategies, sleeping disturbance, alcohol...
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Common mental disorders symptoms have been identified in professional athletes of various sports, including distress, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, excessive alcohol consumption, or abnormal eating behaviours. However, little is known about sports referees’ mental health and the role of coping strategies on the relationships between common...
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Nutrition is an undeniable part of promoting health and performance among football (soccer) players. Nevertheless, nutritional strategies adopted in elite football can vary significantly depending on culture, habit and practical constraints and might not always be supported by scientific evidence. Therefore, a group of 28 Portuguese experts on spor...
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This study aimed to describe the sleep habits and analyze the associations between sleep indices and the overnight changes in subjective fatigue (Δ Fatigue) in elite female soccer players during a 7-days training camp (including two friendly matches). Sixteen elite female soccer players (age: 25.4 ± 3.6 years; mean ± SD) competing in the Portuguese...
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Introduction: Although several approaches have been proposed to mitigate post-match fatigue, few studies have been conducted in team sports to understand the types of recovery methods and the underlying reasons for the choices of medical and technical staff. This study aimed to develop a valid and reliable online questionnaire to assess the recover...
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A better understanding of the relative age effect (RAE) in youth will increase the awareness of the need for reducing the bias of (de)selection. Thus, we investigated the RAE in youth female and male soccer and futsal players in Portugal, using nationwide data. Birthdates of 5,306 female and 126,285 male soccer players, and 2,437 female and 23,988...
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Purpose: To describe individual sleep habits and nocturnal heart rate variability (HRV) responses, and to explore intra-individual associations of workload with sleep and nocturnal HRV indices in high-level female soccer players throughout a 2-week competitive period. Materials and methods: The study followed a descriptive, observational design. Th...
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This case study explored how spatiotemporal data can develop key metrics to evaluate and understand elite soccer referees' performance during one elite soccer match. The dynamic position of players from both teams, the ball and three elite referees allowed to capture the following performance metrics: (i) assistant referees: alignment with the seco...
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BACKGROUND Studies on walking football have found positive effects on health; however, there are still several research gaps when applying walking football programs for patients with type 2 diabetes. OBJECTIVE This study aims to test the effectiveness of a walking football exercise program on glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors in mid...
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Objective This study aimed to investigate how skeletal muscle attenuation and adipose tissue (AT) attenuation of the quadriceps, hamstrings, paraspinal muscle groups and the psoas muscle vary according to the targeted muscles, sex, and age. Design Population-based cross-sectional study. Setting Community-dwelling old population in Reykjavik, Icel...
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Esports, including virtual football, are a worldwide phenomenon. Yet, little is known about the physical activity levels of individuals engaged in virtual football game play. Therefore, we aimed to perform a preliminary evaluation of the levels of physical activity, sedentarism, and habits of physical training of adults engaged with virtual footbal...
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This study aimed to describe habitual sleep and nocturnal cardiac autonomic activity (CAA), and their relationship with training/match load in male youth soccer players during an international tournament. Eighteen elite male youth soccer players (aged 14.8 ± 0.3 years; mean ± SD) participated in the study. Sleep indices were measured using wrist ac...
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the temporary closure of physical activity and sports facilities, and the generalized cancellation or postponement of sports events have a massive impact on social and economic development. In this study, we explored the feasibility of using tracking data from a football match to assess interpersonal contact between in...
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Introduction/Objectives: Individual sleep and heart rate variability (HRV) responses may underpin how athletes tolerate training and match load. Moreover, fatigued athletes may get overlooked when evaluating team-averaged data reports. Therefore, the aim of this study was to describe individual sleeping patterns and nocturnal cardiac autonomic acti...
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The ecological dynamics approach to interpersonal relationships provides theoretical support to the use of kinematic data, obtained with sensor-based systems, in which players of a team are linked mainly by information from the performance environment. Our goal was to capture the properties of synergic behavior in football, using spatiotemporal dat...
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Aims This study aimed to analyze the feasibility and safety of a community-based walking football program in middle-aged and older men with type 2 diabetes (T2D). Methods Thirty-one male (age, 64.4 ± 4.5 years old; glycated hemoglobin, 6.7 ± 1.0%; body mass index: 28.8 ± 3.3 kg/m²) patients with T2D were recruited from primary health care units in...
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We examined the effects of a 6-month school-based soccer programme on cardiovascular (CV) and metabolic risk factors in overweight children. Methods: 40 boys [8–12 years; body mass index (BMI) >2 standard deviations of WHO reference values] participated in complementary school-based physical education classes (two sessions per week, 45–90 min each)...
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This work aimed to summarize the health effects of recreational football practice in individuals with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes (T2D), through a systematic review. An electronic search was performed in PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, LILACS and list of references of the available reviews, until July 2019. Studies were eligible if they include...
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Objetivo: determinar os efeitos das cargas diárias, bem como as alterações bruscas na carga (isto é, cargas acumuladas) de treino e de jogo nos índices do sono, em jogadoras de futebol da Seleção Nacional portuguesa, durante um torneio internacional. Métodos: Dezanove atletas da Seleção Nacional portuguesa do futebol feminino (idade: 24.8 ± 2.8 ano...
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This study examined the physical and technical demands of the 2010, 2014 and 2018 men’s FIFA World Cup editions with special reference on extra time. 3,238 individual player’ observations were collected from 69 FIFA’s open-access match reports and scaled by individual playing exposure. Time-motion variables showing uniformity among FIFA World Cups...
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We studied how usability and playability of sport exergames affect future intentions of participation in physical activity or actual sport. We employed questionnaires to measure participants’ enjoyment, usability, game-experience, and future intentions of physical activity and real sport. We compared the outcomes based on players’ gender, previous...
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Background: A study aimed at comparing bioenergetics and biomechanical parameters between athletes with tetraplegia and paraplegia riding race handbikes at submaximal speeds in ecological conditions. Methods: Five athletes with tetraplegia (C6-T1, 43 ± 6 yrs, 63 ± 14 kg) and 12 athletes with paraplegia (T4-S5, 44 ± 7 yrs, 72 ± 12 kg) rode their...
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PURPOSE: Recently, there has been growing interest for the assessment of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity through the use of heart rate variability (HRV). HRV is considered an indirect marker of cardiac ANS activity. This activity could be reduced in individuals with type 2 diabetes (T2D) due to impairments in cardiovascular autonomic fu...
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PURPOSE To examine the effects of a 6-month school-based soccer programme on cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors in overweight children. METHODS 40 boys [8–12 years; body mass index (BMI) >2 standard deviations of WHO reference values] participated in complementary school-based physical education classes (two sessions per week, 45–90 min each...
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Quantification of training and match load is an important method to personalize the training stimulus’ prescription to players according to their match demands. The present study used time-motion analysis and triaxial-accelerometer to quantify and compare: a) The most demanding passages of play in training sessions and matches (5-min peaks); b) and...
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The aim of this article was to systematically review the methods adopted to collect and interpret external training load (ETL) using microtechnology incorporating global positioning system (GPS). The main deficiencies identified concerned the non-collection of match ETL, and the non-consideration of potential confounders (e.g. playing position, fit...
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The aim of the study was to verify the relative contributions of energetic and kinematic parameters to the performance in 400-m front crawl test. Fourteen middle-distance swimmers participated in the study. Oxygen consumption was measured directly and blood samples were collected to assay lactate concentration. Both oxygen consumption and lactate c...
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This study aimed to examine the interchangeability of two external training load (ETL) monitoring methods: arbitrary vs. individualized speed zones. Thirteen male outfield players from a professional soccer team were monitored during training sessions using 10-Hz GPS units over an 8-week competitive period (n = 302 observations). Low-speed activiti...
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This study aimed to compare the acute effects of hypertrophic (HYP) and maximum strength (MAX) loadings on heart rate variability (HRV) and to compare possible loading-specific alterations with other markers of recovery. Ten young men with strength training experience performed two leg press loadings (HYP: five times 10 repetitions at 70% of one re...
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In recent years, virtual sports or ‘eSports’ have grown exponentially both recreationally and at the professional level. eSports comprise several regulated video games played competitively, using electronic platforms. Some eSports competitions present a structure comparable to traditional sports, and eSports players, even with major skills and ment...
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Introduction: The rate of perceived exertion (RPE) is widely adopted to quantify internal training load (ITL) in professional football. The aim of this study was to systematically review the use RPE-based methods in professional football. Evidence acquisition: Observational studies conducted during training routines of professional football play...
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Introduction While the session-rating of perceived exertion (s-RPE) method may be simple and valid1, the addition of heart rate (HR) monitoring may aid in the interpretation of the internal load of soccer players2,3. This study aimed to investigate within-participant correlation between s-RPE and TRIMP, using training sessions with similar content...