Prozone information used in match performance study by University of Rome
Prozone information has recently been used in academic research by the University of Rome to compare the running intensity of players in the Premier League and Championship.
Conducted by several high-profile performance experts including Valter Di Salvo (Director of Performance Enhancement and Football Science, Aspire Academy) and John De Witt (Senior Biomechanist, NASA), the study used 26,449 Prozone events captured over four seasons (2006-10).
Recording time-motions of all outfield players using our PROZONE3
platform, the number of actions, total distance and the mean distance covered at each speed intensity were all measured as part of the study.
The completed research has shown that Championship players cover a total match distance of 11.1±0.9km as compared with 10.8±1.0km for Premier League players. It was also found that Championship players covered greater distances while jogging, running, high-speed running and sprinting, with top-flight players travelling further at walking pace.
Although the results represent a significant statistical difference, the study concluded that they were of relatively little consequence in practical terms, with match-related activities not explaining the general superiority of Premier League players over their Championship counterparts in isolation.