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The validity of an updated metabolic power algorithm based upon Di Prampero’s theoretical model in Elite soccer players

Savoia, C, Padulo, J, Colli, R, Marra, E, McRobert, AP, Chester, N, Azzone, V, Pullinger, SA and Doran, DA (2020) The validity of an updated metabolic power algorithm based upon Di Prampero’s theoretical model in Elite soccer players. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (24). ISSN 1660-4601

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The aim of this study was to update the metabolic power (MP) algorithm (P.VO2, W·kg−1) related to the kinematics data (PGPS, W·kg−1) in a soccer-specific performance model. For this aim, seventeen professional (Serie A) male soccer players (.VO2max 55.7 ± 3.4 mL·min−1·kg−1) performed a 6 min run at 10.29 km·h−1 to determine linear-running energy cost (Cr). On a separate day, thirteen also performed an 8 min soccer-specific intermittent exercise protocol. For both procedures, a portable Cosmed K4b2 gas-analyzer and GPS (10 Hz) was used to assess the energy cost above resting (C). From this aim, the MP was estimated through a newly derived C equation (PGPSn) and compared with both the commonly used (PGPSo) equation and direct measurement (P.VO2). Both PGPSn and PGPSo correlated with P.VO2 (r = 0.66, p < 0.05). Estimates of fixed bias were negligible (PGPSn = −0.80 W·kg−1 and PGPSo = −1.59 W·kg−1), and the bounds of the 95% CIs show that they were not statistically significant from 0. Proportional bias estimates were negligible (absolute differences from one being 0.03 W·kg−1 for PGPSn and 0.01 W·kg−1 for PGPSo) and not statistically significant as both 95% CIs span 1. All variables were distributed around the line of unity and resulted in an under-or overestimation of PGPSn, while PGPSo routinely underestimated MP across ranges. Repeated-measures ANOVA showed differences over MP conditions (F1,38 = 16.929 and p < 0.001). Following Bonferroni post hoc test significant differences regarding the MP between PGPSo and P.VO2 /PGPSn (p < 0.001) were established, while no differences were found between P.VO2 and PGPSn (p = 0.853). The new approach showed it can help the coaches and the soccer trainers to better monitor external training load during the training seasons.© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2021 10:05
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 06:08
DOI or ID number: 10.3390/ijerph17249554
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14261
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