Weather Conditions, Travel Distance, Rest, and Running Performance: The 2014 FIFA World Cup and Implications for the Future

Watanabe N, Wicker P, Yan G (2017)
Journal of Sport Management 31(1): 27-43.

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Watanabe, Nicholas; Wicker, PamelaUniBi; Yan, Grace
Abstract / Bemerkung
The awarding of the hosting of the Football World Cup to Russia and Qatar initiated discussions about temperature and travel distances related to the game. This study examines the effect of weather conditions, travel distances, and rest days—three factors potentially causing fatigue—on running performance using player-level and teamlevel data from the 2014 World Cup. The results show that the heat index (combining temperature and humidity) significantly decreased running performance (number of sprints, high-intensity running), while a clear sky was positively associated with distance covered at high intensity. Travel distance and rest were insignificant. When these models are used to predict running performance at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, the projections show that the combination of heat and wind could hinder the performance of both players and teams and create potentially dangerous conditions. The present study has implications for policy makers regarding the choice of future host countries.
Stichworte
team performance; fatigue; running distance; World Cup; sports economics
Erscheinungsjahr
2017
Zeitschriftentitel
Journal of Sport Management
Band
31
Ausgabe
1
Seite(n)
27-43
ISSN
0888-4773
eISSN
1543-270X
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2942625

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Watanabe N, Wicker P, Yan G. Weather Conditions, Travel Distance, Rest, and Running Performance: The 2014 FIFA World Cup and Implications for the Future. Journal of Sport Management. 2017;31(1):27-43.
Watanabe, N., Wicker, P., & Yan, G. (2017). Weather Conditions, Travel Distance, Rest, and Running Performance: The 2014 FIFA World Cup and Implications for the Future. Journal of Sport Management, 31(1), 27-43. doi:10.1123/jsm.2016-0077
Watanabe, N., Wicker, P., and Yan, G. (2017). Weather Conditions, Travel Distance, Rest, and Running Performance: The 2014 FIFA World Cup and Implications for the Future. Journal of Sport Management 31, 27-43.
Watanabe, N., Wicker, P., & Yan, G., 2017. Weather Conditions, Travel Distance, Rest, and Running Performance: The 2014 FIFA World Cup and Implications for the Future. Journal of Sport Management, 31(1), p 27-43.
N. Watanabe, P. Wicker, and G. Yan, “Weather Conditions, Travel Distance, Rest, and Running Performance: The 2014 FIFA World Cup and Implications for the Future”, Journal of Sport Management, vol. 31, 2017, pp. 27-43.
Watanabe, N., Wicker, P., Yan, G.: Weather Conditions, Travel Distance, Rest, and Running Performance: The 2014 FIFA World Cup and Implications for the Future. Journal of Sport Management. 31, 27-43 (2017).
Watanabe, Nicholas, Wicker, Pamela, and Yan, Grace. “Weather Conditions, Travel Distance, Rest, and Running Performance: The 2014 FIFA World Cup and Implications for the Future”. Journal of Sport Management 31.1 (2017): 27-43.

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