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The effect of changing player numbers on the physiological responses and time-motion characteristics of a soccer-specific training drill

Knight, T.J., Scott, B.R., Jalilvand, F. and Lockie, R.G. (2015) The effect of changing player numbers on the physiological responses and time-motion characteristics of a soccer-specific training drill. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 15 (2). pp. 452-470.

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Abstract

Soccer-specific training (SST) drills are used to develop physiological adaptations, technical and tactical skills, and provide coaches with greater control of external training load. Despite widespread use, there has been little analysis of SST drills. This study quantified the effect of manipulating player numbers on the physiological demands of an SST drill. Fourteen players completed nine trials (3 × 8, 10, 12 players) of a 4-min SST drill modelled on soccer time-motion data. Physiological intensity measures (heart rate, blood lactate concentration [BLa-], rating of perceived exertion [RPE]) and GPS time-motion data (movement distances and velocities) were collected for each drill. A repeated measures analysis of variance determined significant (p < 0.05) between-drill differences. Results showed variables such as total running distance (TD), mean percentage of maximum heart rate, RPE, and [BLa-] were greater for the 8-player SST drill. The 10-player drill also had a 22% greater TD and 21% higher average speed compared to the 12-player drill, which tended to have a lower activity profile. The 8-player SST drill could be used to develop aerobic capacity and repeat-sprint ability (RSA) because of a higher activity profile. The 10- and 12-player drills would be suited for RSA and sprint acceleration enhancement.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Cardiff Metropolitan University
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/33346
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