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World Cup 2022: footballers run either like gazelles or grizzlies – here's how our research can help coaches

By Tim Bennett, Senior Lecturer in Sports Bioemechanics, Leeds Beckett University
Brian Hanley, Reader in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics, Leeds Beckett University
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Every team still competing in the Fifa World Cup is determined to get their hands on football’s ultimate prize. But willpower isn’t everything. Success on the pitch also depends on the players’ abilities to run for long distances, including high-intensity bursts and occasional short sprints.

Our new research shows that footballers can be categorised into two distinct running styles that we’ve dubbed “grizzlies” and “gazelles”. These findings have clear implications for developing unique…The Conversation


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