Metabolic power: A step in the right direction for team sports

Ted Polglaze, Matthias W. Hoppe

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The ability of the “metabolic power” model to assess the demands of team-sport activity has been the subject of some interest—and much controversy—in team-sport research. Because the cost of acceleration depends on the initial speed and the costs of acceleration and deceleration are not “equal and opposite,” changes in speed must be accounted for when evaluating variable-speed locomotion. The purpose of this commentary is to address some of the misconceptions regarding “metabolic power,” acknowledge its limitations, and highlight some of the benefits that energetic analysis offers over alternative approaches to quantifying the demands of team sports.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-411
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


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