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THE JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS
A Journal on Applied Physiology, Biomechanics, Preventive Medicine,
Sports Medicine and Traumatology, Sports Psychology
Indexed/Abstracted in: Chemical Abstracts, CINAHL, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Original articles EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOMECHANICS
The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2006 March;46(1):44-51
The application of soccer performance testing protocols to the non-elite player
Siegler J., Robergs R., Weingart H.
Department of Physical Performance and Development University of New Mexico Exercise Physiology Laboratories University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Aim. The application of performance testing for the evaluation of non-elite soccer players has received little attention. The purpose of this investigation was to use tests developed for elite soccer players to evaluate performance in non-elite soccer players and compare performance test results between elite (literature) and non-elite (data) players.
Methods. Thirteen male soccer players volunteered to participate. The tests included a treadmill V.O2max test, 20 m sprint, vertical jump (VJ), 30 s Wingate cycle ergometer test, the Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test (LIST), and 2 20-m multi-stage shuttle runs to exhaustion (fatigue test). Actual V.O2max (absolute and relative) scores were correlated with the estimated V.O2max scores (fatigue test), 20 m sprint, VJ, and 30 s Wingate using a Pearson’s product-moment correlation. A paired t-test was conducted on the fatigue test trials.
Results. Non-significant relationships were observed between actual V.O2max scores and estimated V.O2max from the fatigue test (absolute and relative terms). Non-significant relationships were also observed between peak and average power output (Wingate), 20 m sprint, and VJ. Mean heart rates (HRs) throughout the LIST was 165±7 bpm, which represented 88% of HRmax.
Conclusion. The results of this study demonstrate that to elicit physiological differences between elite and non-elite players, assessment must include both an aerobic and anaerobic component.