Martin Buchheit


Dr. Martin Buchheit started in July 2014 as the Head of the Performance Department at Paris Saint-Germain Football Club (France). He previously worked as a Football Physiologist at the ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence in Qatar (2009-2014). He holds two Masters degrees in Research & Exercise Physiology and Statistics, two Masters degrees in strength and conditioning, and a PhD in Exercise Physiology. Dr. Buchheit has also worked as a strength & conditioning coach for several years in professional team Handball (French men's, women's and youth national teams) and has been a strength & conditioning consultant for several federations and professional teams (soccer, handball, basketball, rugby, AFL) as well as for individual athletes (triathlon, runners, cyclists, swimmers).

Dr. Buchheit's main research interests focus on assessing (via testing and match analyses), improving and monitoring the physiological determinants of soccer performance, with an emphasis on developing youth players. Based on his field and research experiences, he has developed the 30-15 Intermittent Fitness Tests (an intermittent field-running test used worldwide in team and racquet sports), and the 5’-5’ running test to track changes in training status using heart rate variability. He has also performed research on acute and chronic responses to hypoxia and/or heat exposure, and their possible effects on the physiological aspects of team sports. Martin has now published more than 125 papers in peer-reviewed journals, with more than 85 as a first author.



Tracking players with technology: tools or toys?

I will discuss the usefulness of the different tracking technologies (GPS, accelerometers, semi-automatic systems) used in pro football, and offer some guidelines to optimise their use and integrate them. Limitations to measuring acceleration and metabolic power will also be discussed.