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The influence of successive matches on match-running performance during an under-23 international soccer tournament: The necessity of individual analysis.

Varley, MC and Di Salvo, V and Modonutti, M and Gregson, W and Mendez-Villanueva, A (2017) The influence of successive matches on match-running performance during an under-23 international soccer tournament: The necessity of individual analysis. Journal of Sports Sciences. ISSN 1466-447X

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Abstract

This study investigated the effects of successive matches on match-running in elite under-23 soccer players during an international tournament. Match-running data was collected using a semi-automated multi-camera tracking system during an international under-23 tournament from all participating outfield players. Players who played 100% of all group stage matches were included (3 matches separated by 72 h, n = 44). Differences in match-running performance between matches were identified using a generalised linear mixed model. There were no clear effects for total, walking, jogging, running, high-speed running and sprinting distance between matches 1 and 3 (effect size (ES); -0.32 to 0.05). Positional analysis found that sprint distance was largely maintained from matches 1 to 3 across all positions. Attackers had a moderate decrease in total, jogging and running distance between matches 1 and 3 (ES; -0.72 to -0.66). Classifying players as increasers or decreasers in match-running revealed that match-running changes are susceptible to individual differences. Sprint performance appears to be maintained over successive matches regardless of playing position. However, reductions in other match-running categories vary between positions. Changes in match-running over successive matches affect individuals differently; thus, players should be monitored on an individual basis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 12th May 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2017.1325511
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 10:46
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 10:46
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/02640414.2017.1325511
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7466

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