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Short versus long small-sided game training during Ramadan in soccer player

Baklouti, H., Rejeb, N., Aloui, A., Jaafar, H., Ammar, A., Chtourou, H., Girard, O. and Souissi, N. (2017) Short versus long small-sided game training during Ramadan in soccer player. Physical Therapy in Sport, 24 . pp. 20-25.

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To compare the effects of two small-sided game (SSG) training formats (4 × 4 min (SSG-S) and 2 × 8 min (SSG-L)) conducted during Ramadan on Hoff and five-jump (5JT) tests' performances and session rating of perceived exertion (sRPE).

Three group, case-control.

Field tests.

Twenty-four male soccer players were divided into 3 groups: 2 groups undertaking 4 weeks of SSG-S (n = 8) or SSG-L (n = 8) during Ramadan and a control group (n = 8).

Main outcome measures
The Profile of Mood States (POMS) and Hooper questionnaires' scores and 5JT and Hoff test's performances were measured before (BR) and at the end of Ramadan (R4).

Compared to BR, fatigue estimated by POMS and Hooper questionnaires was higher at R4 in all groups (ES = 0.77–1.57, p < 0.05). Hoff test distance increased to the same extent in SSG-S and SSG-L groups (+7.38–7.39%, ES = 1.49–1.93, p < 0.001). Mean sRPE scores measured during Ramadan were higher after SSG-L (6.49 ± 0.38) than SSG-S (5.61 ± 0.14) sessions (+15.58%, ES = 2.79, p < 0.001).

SSG training can be implemented as an efficient intervention to avoid detraining and equally improve soccer-specific physical performance during Ramadan. Given the lower perceptual responses associated with shorter SSG sequences, this modality would be better tolerated during the fasting month, and therefore is recommended.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
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