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Medicina dello Sport 2016 September;69(3):321-30

language: English, Italian

Footeval test, what are the determinants of performance?

Christophe MANOUVRIER 1, 2, Johan CASSIRAME 3, James LEVITRE 1, Said AHMAIDI 1

1 Olympique de Marseille Football Club, Marseille, France; 2 Laboratory of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation, EA 3300, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Picardie, Jules Verne, Amiens, France; 3 EA 4660 «Département Culture Sport Santé Société», University of Franche-Comte, Besançon, France


BACKGROUND: Footeval is new test to assess the potential of football player in reel conditions. Nevertheless the youth of this test do not provide background enough to have a clear idea about what is measuring during this one. The aim of this study was to investigate about the determinants of performance at the Footeval test.
METHODS: Thirty-six elite male adolescent players of a first division academy participated to this study. All player performed Footeval test and different other physical evaluation to investigate the performance factors. A multiple linear regression models (stepwise backward elimination procedure) was used whit following parameter: VO2max, maximun heart rate (HRmax), running economy with ball (ECnorm), maximum lactate (LaMax), Squat Jump (SJ), counter movment Jump (CMJ), plyometric quality (CMJ-SJ), sprint capacity (Sp), sprint with ball (SpB), technical index (Tech).
RESULTS: Finally, 4 parameters impact the last stage reached in Footeval. The Aerobics’ ability represents 33% (VO2max) and running economy with ball (ECnorm) 27%. Plyometric quality (CMJ-SJ) of player play a role for 21% and technical index (Tech) 9%.
CONCLUSIONS: Regarding those finding, performance at Footeval test came from physiological capability as VO2max, but also from muscular quality with plyometric and technical consideration with running economy and technical index.

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