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Seasonal training and match load and micro-cycle periodization in male Premier League academy soccer players

Hannon, MP, Coleman, NM, Parker, LJF, McKeown, J, Unnithan, VB, Close, GL, Drust, B and Morton, JP (2021) Seasonal training and match load and micro-cycle periodization in male Premier League academy soccer players. Journal of Sports Sciences. ISSN 0264-0414

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Abstract

We quantified on pitch external loading of English Premier League (EPL) academy soccer players (n=76; U12-U18 age groups) over an entire competitive season. Mean accumulative weekly duration and total distance, respectively, was similar in the U12 (329±29 min; 19.9±2.2 km), U13 (323±29 min; 20.0±2.0 km) and U14 (339±25 min; 21.7±2.0 km; P>0.05 for all comparisons) age-groups, though all teams were less than U15 (421±15 min; 26.2±2.1 km), U16 (427±20 min; 25.9±2.5 km) and U18 (398±30 min; 26.1±2.6 km) players (P<0.05 for all comparisons). Mean weekly high-speed running and sprint distance was not different between U12 (220±95 m and 6±9 m respectively), U13 (331±212 m and 6±27 m) and U14 (448±193 m and 21±29 m) age-groups (P>0.05 for all pairwise comparisons) though all squads were less than U15 (657±242 m and 49±98 m), U16 (749±152 m and 95±55 m) and U18 (979±254 m and 123±56 m) age-groups (P<0.05 for all pairwise comparisons). Data demonstrate that absolute weekly training volume in EPL academy soccer players increases throughout the academy pathway. Furthermore, although U16-U18 players are capable of achieving similar training and match volumes as previously reported in adult EPL players, they do not yet achieve the absolute intensities of adult EPL players.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 13 May 2021 12:32
Last Modified: 13 May 2021 12:45
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/02640414.2021.1899610
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15000

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