Match day strategies


Mark Russell

optimisation of training and preparation in the days and weeks pre-competition. Ergogenic strategies employed on match-day, however, have received less attention. Elite sporting competitions typically start at various times throughout the waking day and athletes can be susceptible to changes in physical performance over this time. There is a role for interventions performed on competition day to enhance subsequent performance. With this in mind, Mark’s talk will focus on the opportunities that exist to enhance markers of team sports performance that can be executed in the hours before competition starts or during the event itself. BIOG: Professor Mark Russell is based at Leeds Trinity University and focuses his research on topics allied to performance nutrition and applied exercise physiology for team sport athletes. Mark has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles, presented at international conferences and led multiple industry-funded contract research projects. He currently supervises a number of Doctoral candidates working on projects related to profiling the performance and physiological responses of soccer goalkeepers and team sport substitutes, optimising half-time strategies and facilitating recovery in Rugby League players. Mark also works with a range of professional rugby and football teams and has consulted to a number of English Premier League football clubs and National and International Rugby squads. As the National Lead for Applied Exercise Physiology with UK Deaf Sport between 2010 and 2017, he was responsible for the co-ordination of the sports science support services for DeaflympicsGB at the 2013 Summer Deaflympics held in Bulgaria.