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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2007 September;47(3):263-9

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Soccer half-time strategy influences thermoregulation and endurance performance

Lovell R. J., Kirke I., Siegler J., Mcnaughton L. R., Greig M. P.

Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science University of Hull, Hull, UK


Aim. In the first 15 min of the second half in professional soccer, there is a reduction of high intensity distance covered and a high incidence of injuries sustained, possibly due to a reduction in body temperature during the half-time (HT). The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of active and passive re-warm-up strategies on cardiovascular (heart rate, HR) and thermoregulatory stress, and second-half soccer-specific endurance performance (SSEP).
Methods. Seven professional players performed two intermittent field tests of 16.5 min duration, with a 15 min HT. On separate, randomised occasions, 4 trials were completed during which different HT strategies were undertaken between minutes 7 and 14 of the HT interval. Two passive trials were completed: rest control trial (CON), or players were immersed to the gluteal fold in a hot bath (~40 ºC-passive heating, PH); in the active trials, players performed at 70% maximum HR, either steady-state non-specific active heating (cycling, NSAH) or intermittent soccer-specific active heating (sprinting repeatedly, SSAH). HR and core temperature (Tc) were measured every 5 min, and body weight was recorded pre and post each trial.
Results. Active re-warm-up strategies maintained SSEP in the second period with respect to CON (P<0.01), whereas PH did not reduce the decrement in performance (P>0.05). Active heating strategies increased HR during HT in comparison to CON, whereas PH did not. During the HT period in the CON trial, Tc decreased by 0.97±0.29 °C, PH and SSAH trials did not attenuate this decrease (P>0.01), whereas NSAH increased Tc in respect to CON (P<0.01). These differences in HR and Tc between re-warm-up strategies during HT were not apparent at the end of the trials.
Conclusion. Active re-warm-up strategies during HT attenuated the decrement in second-half SSEP that was observed during passive trials.

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