FM21: What Makes a Good Sports Scientist

29 January, 2021
29 January, 2021
4 min read

Sports Scientists work to reduce fatigue and reduce the likelihood of recurring injuries. Unlike the physio, the Sports Scientists aim to reduce the likelihood of injury, rather than aid recovery from injury. We’ve seen how much sports science’s influence in football has grown over the past decade and nowadays a club without a sports science team will likely struggle managing and preventing injuries.

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It is important to take note of the information that Sport Scientists provide on Football Manager. They will give provide information in injury susceptibility which is very handy as it should support you in managing players' conditioning and injuries depending on the workload of specific players. Part of the role of a sports scientist is to also conduct risk assessments of the players in your squad and your training sessions to determine how likely it is that injuries will occur. This can be helpful when you’re planning your team selection ahead of a run of busy fixtures

The only staff attribute that is highlighted on Football Manager for Sports Scientists is plain and obvious - Sports Science. The definition of which (from Football Manager) can be seen below.

 When building a team of Sports Scientists (if your club allows for more than one), if it is important to also consider other staff attributes including: adaptability, motivating and determinations. For Sports Scientists that will work with youth squads then naturally add Working With Youngsters.

See table below with recommended Sport Scientists to recruit on Football Manager. The Sport Scientists in the table are rated 15 for the recommended staff attribute.

Name Nation Team Job Age
van Ingen, Leon Netherlands / Ghana - Sports Scientist 26
Guerrero, Jorge Spain - Sports Scientist 28
Capes, Gary England Leicester Sports Scientist 39
Kirby, Richard England Wolves Sports Scientist 28
Milligan, Jack England - Sports Scientist 35
Pooley, Sam England Tottenham Sports Scientist 31
Tullett, Will England Chelsea Sports Scientist 39
van Elk, Ruud Netherlands PSV Sports Scientist 31
Ehret, Bryan France / Portugal - Sports Scientist 27
Janssen, Achraf Netherlands - Sports Scientist 28
Laurent, Anthonin France - Sports Scientist 26
Jacques, Louna France - Sports Scientist 25
Williams, Dan England Leicester Sports Scientist 23
Farkas, Gyula Hungary - Sports Scientist 25
Hage, Jimmy Netherlands - Sports Scientist 28
Ortega, Sílvia Spain Barcelona Sports Scientist 39
Jarvis, Mark England Southampton Sports Scientist 43
Lange, Thomas Germany / England - Sports Scientist 26
Walker, Matt England Reading Sports Scientist 36
Ciganha Marques Gouvêa, Luis Fernando Brazil - Sports Scientist 28
Van Herck, Ruben Belgium - Sports Scientist 26
Omerovic, Adis Bosnia & Herzegovina - Sports Scientist 29
Luison, Marco Italy Zebre Sports Scientist 50
Forde, Harry England - Sports Scientist 26
Craigan, Daniel Northern Ireland - Sports Scientist 26
Gutiérrez, Pau Spain - Sports Scientist 27
Winter, Micha Netherlands - Sports Scientist 27
Matias, Nuno Portugal SLB B Sports Scientist 36
Harkness, Tim South Africa Chelsea Head of Sports Science 47
Hawkins, Richard England Man Utd Sports Scientist 47
Jacobsen, Philipp Germany Liverpool Head of Sports Science 53
Alexiou, Ioannis Greece - Sports Scientist 26
Gualtieri, Antonio Italy Zebre Sports Scientist 30
Christopher, Jack England Chelsea Sports Scientist 28
Kelly, David England Man Utd Sports Scientist 48
Krüger, Malte Germany Bayer 04 Sports Scientist 38
Lacome, Mathieu France Paris SG Sports Scientist 34
Menezes, Pedro Brazil Flamengo Head of Sports Science 39
Pochettino, Sebastiano Argentina / Spain - Sports Scientist 25
Steffen, Anke Germany - Sports Scientist 36
Borri, Fabrizio Italy Zebre Sports Scientist 37
Daniel Gonçalves Brazil Palmeiras Head of Sports Science 43
Calderón, Luis Francisco Mexico - Sports Scientist 26
Marquinhos Brazil Grêmio Sports Scientist 35
Buchheit, Martin France - Sports Scientist 42
Refos, Harry Netherlands / Suriname - Sports Scientist 28
da Conceição Ferreira, Fábio Brazil - Sports Scientist 28
Gaudino, Paolo Italy Man Utd Sports Scientist 33
Mayer, Nicolas France Paris SG Sports Scientist 38
Reche, Xavi Spain Barcelona Sports Scientist 33
Remo Freitas, Sandro Portugal - Sports Scientist 36
Romm, Niko Germany - Sports Scientist 38
Carus, Alejandra Argentina - Sports Scientist 25
Rampinini, Ermanno Italy Sassuolo Head of Sports Science 38
Spicciariello, Claudio Italy Lazio Sports Scientist 38
Calvete, Francisco Portugal SLB Sports Scientist 29
Nunes de Oliveira, José Leandro Brazil - Sports Scientist 43
Albuquerque, Lucas Brazil Flamengo Sports Scientist 35
del Ojo, Juanjo Spain - Sports Scientist 39
Del Puerto, Laura Uruguay Progreso Sports Scientist 34
Gobbato, Rafael Brazil - Sports Scientist 44
Gopaladesikan, Sudarshan United States / India SLB Head of Sports Science 28
Irala, Felipe Brazil Internacional Sports Scientist 45
Paxton, Kevin England Leicester Sports Scientist 41
Storm, Simon Austria St. Gallen Head of Sports Science 38
Tavares, Francisco Portugal Sporting Head of Sports Science 34
Juliano Spineti Brazil Fluminense Sports Scientist 37
Leite de Barros, Luiz Fernando Brazil São Paulo Sports Scientist 42
Bowen, Laura England Southampton Sports Scientist 30
Erith, Sam England Man City Head of Sports Science 42
Evans, Simon England Man Utd Sports Scientist 30
Harley, Jamie England Newcastle Head of Sports Science 37
Paulucio, Dailson Brazil Botafogo Sports Scientist 49
Woolmer, Elliott England Birmingham Sports Scientist 26
Capel, Sebastian Germany Hamburger SV Sports Scientist 34
Ríos, Javier Argentina Lanús Head of Sports Science 58
Allen, Tom England Arsenal Head of Sports Science 30
Fumagalli, Marco Italy - Sports Scientist 50
de Oliveira, Alexandre Brazil Atlético Goianiense Sports Scientist 28
Hook, Josh England Brighton Sports Scientist 29
Lewis, Glyn Wales Norwich Sports Scientist 33
Morgan, Oliver England Celtic Sports Scientist 33
Roberto Chiari Brazil Atlético Mineiro Sports Scientist 41
Alexandre Dortas Brazil Vitória Sports Scientist 42
Cetolin, Tiago Brazil Paraná Sports Scientist 38
Di Santo, Mario Argentina Talleres Sports Scientist 54
Dyson, Henry England Derby Sports Scientist 28
Lense, Sascha Germany Schalke 04 Sports Scientist 44
Parr, James England Man Utd Sports Scientist 28
Marrier, Bruno France AS Monaco Sports Scientist 40
van den Ingh, Marc Netherlands Helmond Head of Sports Science 59
Fischer, Andreas Germany Unterhaching Sports Scientist 31
Urmann, Dominik Austria FC RB Salzburg Sports Scientist 28
Wewers, Michael Germany Meppen Sports Scientist 67

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