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Quantification of Seasonal Long Physical Load in Soccer Players With Different Starting Status From the English Premier League: Implications for Maintaining Squad Physical Fitness.

Anderson, L and Orme, P and Di Michele, R and Close, GL and Milsom, J and Morgans, R and Drust, B and Morton, JP (2016) Quantification of Seasonal Long Physical Load in Soccer Players With Different Starting Status From the English Premier League: Implications for Maintaining Squad Physical Fitness. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. ISSN 1555-0273

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To quantify the accumulative training and match load during an annual season in English Premier League soccer players classified as starters (n=8, started ≥60% of games), fringe players (n=7, started 30-60% of games) and non-starters (n=4, started <30%% of games). METHODS: Players were monitored during all training sessions and games completed in the 2013-2014 season with load quantified using GPS and Prozone technology, respectively. RESULTS: When including both training and matches, total duration of activity (10678 ± 916, 9955 ± 947, 10136 ± 847 min; P=0.50) and distance covered (816.2 ± 92.5, 733.8 ± 99.4, 691.2 ± 71.5 km; P=0.16) was not different between starters, fringe and non-starters, respectively. However, starters completed more (all P<0.01) distance running at 14.4-19.8 km/h (91.8 ± 16.3 v 58.0 ± 3.9 km; ES=2.5), high speed running at 19.9-25.1 km/h (35.0 ± 8.2 v 18.6 ± 4.3 km; ES=2.3) and sprinting at >25.2 km/h (11.2 ± 4.2, v 2.9 ± 1.2 km; ES=2.3) than non-starters. Additionally, starters also completed more sprinting (P<0.01. ES=2.0) than fringe players who accumulated 4.5 ± 1.8 km. Such differences in total high-intensity physical work done were reflective of differences in actual game time between playing groups as opposed to differences in high-intensity loading patterns during training sessions. CONCLUSIONS: Unlike total seasonal volume of training (i.e. total distance and duration), seasonal high-intensity loading patterns are dependent on players' match starting status thereby having potential implications for training programme design.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: as accepted for publication
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Human Kinetics
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Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2016 09:12
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2016 09:12
DOI or Identification number: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0672
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3336

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