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Dr Christopher McLaren-Towlson


When does the influence of maturation on anthropometric and physical fitness characteristics increase and subside? (2018)
Journal Article
Towlson, C., Cobley, S., Parkin, G., & Lovell, R. (2018). When does the influence of maturation on anthropometric and physical fitness characteristics increase and subside?. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 28(8), 1946-1955. https://doi.org/10.1111/sms.13198

The relationships between maturation and anthropometric and physical performance characteristics are dynamic and often asynchronous; confounding the capability to accurately evaluate performance during adolescence. This study aimed to (i) examine the... Read More about When does the influence of maturation on anthropometric and physical fitness characteristics increase and subside?.

Soccer player characteristics in English lower-league development programmes: The relationships between relative age, maturation, anthropometry and physical fitness (2015)
Journal Article
Lovell, R., Towlson, C., Parkin, G., Portas, M., Vaeyens, R., & Cobley, S. (2015). Soccer player characteristics in English lower-league development programmes: The relationships between relative age, maturation, anthropometry and physical fitness. PLoS ONE, 10(9), e0137238. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0137238

© 2015 Lovell et al. The relative age effect (RAE) and its relationships with maturation, anthropometry, and physical performance characteristics were examined across a representative sample of English youth soccer development programmes. Birth dates... Read More about Soccer player characteristics in English lower-league development programmes: The relationships between relative age, maturation, anthropometry and physical fitness.

Relative age, maturation, and physical biases on position allocation in elite-youth soccer (2017)
Journal Article
Towlson, C., Cobley, S., Midgley, A., Garrett, A., Parkin, G., & Lovell, R. (2017). Relative age, maturation, and physical biases on position allocation in elite-youth soccer. International journal of sports medicine, 38(3), 201-209. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0042-119029

This study assessed the contribution of relative age, anthropometry, maturation, and physical fitness characteristics on soccer playing position (goalkeeper [GK], central-defender [CD], lateral-defender [LD], central midfield [CM], lateral-midfielder... Read More about Relative age, maturation, and physical biases on position allocation in elite-youth soccer.

Talent identification in soccer: the influence of technical, physical and maturity-related characteristics on a national selection process - Anonymised dataset (2024)
Dataset
McLaren-Towlson, C. (2024). Talent identification in soccer: the influence of technical, physical and maturity-related characteristics on a national selection process - Anonymised dataset. [Dataset]

The present study examines the influence of technical, physical, and relative age characteristics on players selection success within the Scottish Performance School trials. Ninety adolescent players (81 males, 9 females; mean ± standard deviation: a... Read More about Talent identification in soccer: the influence of technical, physical and maturity-related characteristics on a national selection process - Anonymised dataset.

Professional soccer practitioners’ perceptions of using performance analysis technology to monitor technical and tactical player characteristics within an academy environment. (2024)
Dataset
McLaren-Towlson, C., Toner, J., & Kate Davidson, T. (2024). Professional soccer practitioners’ perceptions of using performance analysis technology to monitor technical and tactical player characteristics within an academy environment. [Dataset]

This study aimed to identify professional soccer practitioners’ perceptions of the application of performance analysis technology within an academy. Secondary aims were to understand the importance that practitioners place on monitoring technical and... Read More about Professional soccer practitioners’ perceptions of using performance analysis technology to monitor technical and tactical player characteristics within an academy environment..

A new method to identify key match-play behaviours of young soccer players: Development of the Hull Soccer Behavioural Scoring Tool (Anonymised dataset) (2024)
Dataset
McLaren-Towlson, C., & Toner, J. (2024). A new method to identify key match-play behaviours of young soccer players: Development of the Hull Soccer Behavioural Scoring Tool (Anonymised dataset). [Dataset]

The aim of this research was to develop a valid and reliable Hull Soccer Behavioural Scoring Tool suitable for youth soccer match play. The method used to design the Hull Soccer Behavioural Scoring Tool comprised of a five-stage process of (i) conduc... Read More about A new method to identify key match-play behaviours of young soccer players: Development of the Hull Soccer Behavioural Scoring Tool (Anonymised dataset).

Comparing the technical and individual possession statistics of academy players across different age groups in match-play (anonymised dataset) (2024)
Dataset
McLaren-Towlson, C. (2024). Comparing the technical and individual possession statistics of academy players across different age groups in match-play (anonymised dataset). [Dataset]

Background: Youth soccer players in the UK transition into the professional game at 16 years of age. Understanding the differences between youth and professional standards can help coaches and clubs to support player development during this transitio... Read More about Comparing the technical and individual possession statistics of academy players across different age groups in match-play (anonymised dataset).

Validation of Field-Based Running Tests to Determine Maximal Aerobic Speed in Professional Rugby League: Anonymised data set (2024)
Dataset
McLaren-Towlson, C., Marshall, P., Simpson, A., Bray, J., & Nickolay, T. (2024). Validation of Field-Based Running Tests to Determine Maximal Aerobic Speed in Professional Rugby League: Anonymised data set. [Dataset]

Practitioners place importance on high-speed running (HSR) to monitor training practice and match-play demands, whilst attempting to maximise fitness and minimize the risk of injury occurrence. Practitioners apply various methods to quantify HSR, suc... Read More about Validation of Field-Based Running Tests to Determine Maximal Aerobic Speed in Professional Rugby League: Anonymised data set.

The efficacy of virtual reality in professional soccer (2024)
Thesis
Greenhough, B. (2024). The efficacy of virtual reality in professional soccer. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/4500542

Professional soccer clubs have taken an interest to virtual reality, however, only a paucity of evidence exists to support its use in the soccer training ground environment. Further, several soccer virtual reality companies have begun providing solut... Read More about The efficacy of virtual reality in professional soccer.

Methods to predict the timing and status of biological maturation in male adolescent soccer players: A narrative systematic review. (2023)
Journal Article
Sullivan, J., Roberts, S. J., Mckeown, J., Littlewood, M., McLaren-Towlson, C., Andrew, M., & Enright, K. (2023). Methods to predict the timing and status of biological maturation in male adolescent soccer players: A narrative systematic review. PLoS ONE, 18(9), Article e0286768. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0286768

The aim of this review was to summarise the methods used to predict and assess maturity status and timing in adolescent, male, academy soccer players. A systematic search was conducted on PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, CINAHL, Medline and SPORTDiscu... Read More about Methods to predict the timing and status of biological maturation in male adolescent soccer players: A narrative systematic review..