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Game demands of 7-aside soccer in young players

Barbero-Alvarez, J. C. and López, M.C. and Castagna, C. and Barbero-Alvarez, C. and Romero, D.V. Blanchfield A.W. and Nakamura, F.Y (2016) Game demands of 7-aside soccer in young players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001143 (In Press)

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the activity patterns and physiological demands of 7-a-side youth soccer matches across two chronological age categories (U12 and U14). Twenty-two soccer players of a national youth soccer academy were investigated. Players of each age category performed two training match (2 x 25 min) and were monitored by GPS and heart rate monitor units. Players of both categories covered similar total distance (5348 +/- 307 m), at similar mean heart rate values (86 +/- 4% of maximum). However, the number of high-intensity runs (82.5 +/- 17.4 vs. 69.7 +/- 15.2) and total distance covered during sprints (264 +/- 207 vs. 128 +/- 74 m) were significantly (p<0.05) higher in U14 compared with U12. The results suggest a highly demanding nature of 7-a-side soccer for skilled players, with physical maturity possibly influencing the match related high intensity performance at these ages.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 03:34
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 03:34
ISSN: 1064-8011
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/6388
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001143
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (LWW)
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