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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2017 Feb 21

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07044-X

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Effects of a small-sided game-based training programme on repeated sprint and change of direction abilities in recreationally-trained football players

Pascual BUJALANCE-MORENO, Felipe GARCÍA-PINILLOS, Pedro Á. LATORRE-ROMÁN

Department of Corporal Expression, University of Jaen, Jaen, Spain


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BACKGROUND: To examine the effects of 6-week periodized small-sided game (SSG) training intervention on change of direction [COD], sprint and repeated sprint ability [RSA] in recreational male football players.
METHODS: Twenty-three young football players (age: 20.86 years) were randomized in a control group (n = 11) and an experimental group (n = 12). The SSG programme was included in the experimental group’s training sessions. The players completed two variations of a SSG (i.e. 2 vs. 2 and 4 vs. 4 players) during intervention. To examine the changes in physical performance after the 6-week periodized SSG training intervention, all players were tested 6 weeks apart (i.e. pre-test and post-test) in sprint, COD ability test, and RSA shuttle test.
RESULTS: A 2x2 ANOVA showed that 6-week SSG training intervention induced significant improvements (P<0.05, ES>0.7) in COD ability test, and variables related to both sprint test and RSA in the experimental group, whereas the control group remained unchanged (P≥0.05, ES<0.4). Regarding the response to the RSA test – in terms of BLa, both the experimental group (P=0.001, ES=1.270) and the control group (P=0.010, ES=0.939) increased BLa after the intervention.
CONCLUSIONS: The current study indicates that a 6-week SSG-based training programme could improve decisive parameters in performance in football, such as COD, RSA and sprint in recreationally trained football players.


KEY WORDS: Soccer - Training response - High-intensity training - Specific training - Amateur players

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Bujalance-Moreno P, García-Pinillos F, Latorre-Román PÁ. Effects of a small-sided game-based training programme on repeated sprint and change of direction abilities in recreationally-trained football players. J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2017 Feb 21. DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07044-X 

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