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ORIGINAL ARTICLE  EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOMECHANICS 

The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2019 September;59(9):1442-9

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.19.09449-0

Copyright © 2019 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

The acute effects of a short technique-intense training period on side-foot kick performance among elite female soccer players

Magnus CARLSSON, Jenny ISBERG, Johnny NILSSON, Tomas CARLSSON

Sport and Medicine, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden



BACKGROUND: Previously, it was shown that elite soccer teams were 24% more likely to win matches if their passing effectiveness were increased by 1%. However, research interventions aiming to improve passing performance are scarce. The current study aimed to investigate the effect of a short technique-intense training period on side-foot kick performance among elite female soccer players.
METHODS: Four side-foot kick tests were completed before and after a training period: kicking a stationary ball using match-relevant (SBRS) and maximal ball speed (SBMS), passing the ball on the move using match-relevant ball speed (RBRS), and repeated side-foot kicks onto a rebound-box with continuously increasing passing distance (RRB). The players were assigned to either the intervention group or the control group. The training intervention consisted of six 55-min training sessions with five side-foot kick exercises. Within-group and between-group differences were investigated using paired-samples t-test and Mann-Whitney U test, respectively.
RESULTS: The intervention group improved the performance in the RBRS and RRB tests (both P<0.05), but no differences were found for the SBRS and SBMS tests (both P>0.05). No improvements were found for the control group independent of test condition (all P>0.05). Significant between-group differences were found for the RBRS and RRB tests (both P<0.05), whereas no differences were found for the SBRS and SBMS tests (both P>0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: The fundamental soccer skill of passing a moving ball was improved in elite female soccer players by a short technique-intense training period.


KEY WORDS: Football; Athletes; Exercise test

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