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Soccer Match-Play Represents an Important Component of the Power Training Stimulus in Premier League Players.

Morgans, R, Di Michele, R and Drust, B (2017) Soccer Match-Play Represents an Important Component of the Power Training Stimulus in Premier League Players. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. ISSN 1555-0273

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PURPOSE: Competitive match-play is a dominant component of the physical load completed by soccer players within a training micro-cycle. Characterising the temporal disruption in homeostasis that follows exercise may provide some insight into the potential for match-play to elicit an adaptive response. METHODS: Countermovement jump (CMJ) performance was characterised 3 days post-match for 15 outfield players from an English Premier League soccer team (age: 25.8 ± 4.1 yrs; stature: 1.78 ± 0.08 m; mass: 71.7 ± 9.1 kg) across a season. These players were classified as either starters (n=9), or non-starters (n=6), according to the average individual playing time (higher/lower than 60 min/match). Linear mixed models were used to investigate the influence of indicators of match-activity (total distance covered (TD), and high-intensity running distance (HI)) on CMJ height and peak power (PP) values. RESULTS: Starting players covered largely greater TD (ES=1.5) and HI (ES=1.4) than non-starters. Furthermore, there was a possible positive effect of HI on CMJ height and PP. This relationship suggests that an additional 0.6 km high-intensity distance covered would increase CMJ height and PP by slightly more than the smallest worthwhile change values of 0.6 cm and 1.0 W/kg, respectively. This small yet practically relevant increase in performance may suggest that match-play, more specifically the intense activities that are associated with the match, provides a physiological stimulus for neuromuscular adaptation. CONCLUSION: This data may have implications for the management of preparation of soccer squads, especially the training requirements of starting and non-starting players.

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Additional Information: This article will be published in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. The article appears here in its accepted, peer-reviewed form, as it was provided by the submitting author. It has not been copyedited, proofread, or formatted by the publisher.
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: 01 Nov 2017 11:43
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 11:03
DOI or ID number: 10.1123/ijspp.2016-0412
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7462
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