Match demands, players´ Characteristics and neuromuscular performance across the season in elite futsal players.
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Futsal, also known as five-a-side indoor soccer, is a team-sport that is becoming increasingly popular in the last year. In fact, the number of futsal-related investigations is growing in recent years. The current thesis aimed to describe and explore the match demands, players¿ characteristics, and the neuromuscular performance across the season in futsal. The results of the present compendium of articles allowed concluding that futsal players are exposed to high physiological, neuromuscular, and biochemical stress during, immediately after, and post 24 h following the game, with significant differences on match demands between halves, but not considering contextual factors. Furthermore, official futsal matches presented higher intensity when compared to non-official matches. Regarding players¿ characteristics, professional futsal players cover greater distance, perform more high-intensity actions, and present lower standing time when compared to semi-professional players; moreover, th...