Comparison of the movement patterns between small- and large-side games training and competition in professional soccer players

Giménez, Jesús V., Del-Coso, Juan, Leicht, Anthony S., and Gomez, Miguel A. (2018) Comparison of the movement patterns between small- and large-side games training and competition in professional soccer players. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 58 (10). pp. 1383-1389.

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Abstract

Background: The purpose of this investigation was to compare the movement patterns of professional soccer players during a small-sided game (SSG), a large-sided game (LSG) and a competitive friendly match (FM).

Method: Fourteen professional players participated in three training routines with a similar relative pitch area per player. The SSG and LSG consisted of 8 repetitions of 4-min game play, interspersed by 2-min of active recovery, and their data were compared to the first 32 minutes of a FM. All movement patterns from walking to sprint running were recorded using 10Hz GPS devices while player perception of exertion was recorded via visual analogue scale, post-trial.

Results: Total running distance (3852±405 vs. 3359±429 and 3088±414 m), running distance at 5-6.9 m/s (222±98 vs. 75±53 and 49±35 m) and maximal running speed (7.0±0.7 vs. 6.1±0.4 and 6.0±0.7 m/s) were significantly greater during FM than for SSG and LSG. However, the number of accelerations (462±16 vs. 458±12 vs. 422±15) and decelerations (733±31 vs. 692±24 vs. 609±27), and the rating of perceived exertion (8±1 vs. 7±1 vs. 5±1) were significantly greater during SSG compared to LSG and FM.

Conclusions: Although smaller game-based training routines do not replicate exactly the movement patterns of a competitive match, they can increase the execution of short-term and high-intensity movements for specialised training in professional soccer players.

Item ID: 49491
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1827-1928
Keywords: soccer; exercise running; acceleration; deceleration; performance
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 22:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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