Foot and soccer referees': A pilot study searching "Performance" throughout prevention

Luigi Gianturco, Bruno D. Bodini, Vincenzo Gianturco, Fabrizio E. Pregliasco, Marta Cascio, Antonio Serafin, Maurizio Turiel

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Soccer refereeing is a "not-conventional" sport in which aerobic workload is prevalent. Along the years, several studies have attempted to define best markers of referees' performance. Many studies focused their attention on field tests and their relationship with aerobic power. Instead, in this study, starting by a medical assessment satisfying the FIFA 11+ criteria for injuries prevention, we have investigated the foot of soccer referees and we have also wanted to find possible and/or unexpected improvements in performance. As performance marker, we have used the referral field test for soccer referees that is internationally validated and known as Yo-Yo test (YYiR1). While standardized foot posture index (FPI) questionnaire was used for screening foot referees conditions (40 young, all men by sex, with mean age 23.47 ± 4.36). Analyzing collected data, we have demonstrated by means of Read-Cressie Chi square test that neutral FPI is an important favor item affecting YYiR1 results. Further studies will be necessary in order to confirm our pilot investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1009
JournalFrontiers in Physiology
Issue numberJUL
Publication statusPublished - Jul 25 2018


  • Foot
  • Performance
  • Soccer referees
  • Speckle-tracking based strain imaging
  • Yo-Yo test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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