Sport Science Department
The aim of the Maccabi Tel Aviv Sport Science Department is to offer a framework for practical, functional, and sequential athletic development that, in turn, would assist young players with the “best practices” model to develop a professional football athleticism.
Briefly, the physical training program could be divided into two main parts:
1. Football fitness: developed by the mean of specific football-based training drills wherein the ball is always involved.
2. Athletic Development: designed per the specific age-groups trainability criteria and including the following contents: balance and stability, stamina, strength, power, speed, agility.
Daily, U-16 to U-19 Teams are monitored by using the global positioning system (GPS) technology that permits measurement of player position, velocity, and movement patterns. GPSs provide data for a better understanding of the specific and positional physiological demands of team sport and can be used to design training programs that adequately prepare athletes for competition with the aim of optimizing on-field performance.
GPS technology is now increasingly used in team sport to provide sports scientists, coaches, and trainers with comprehensive and real-time analysis of on-field player performance during competition or training. In doing so, coaches and performance analysts can confidently plan training knowing their decisions are based on reliable data. The key components of a successful season in any sport are maximising athletic performance and minimising injuries.
We would like to pay special attention to the nutrition of the players. When your son is part of a professional football academy he will train, and play football at a very high intensity. The recovery after a session or after a match will increase if the player is eating the right food that will support the recovery of body.
The next activity will be in a few hours or in a few days and that means the player must be fit again for a next challenge. We will educate the players (and parents) in what are the best meals to eat after an intensive training or match.