Technical and physical performances of Chinese Super League soccer players differ according to their playing status and position

Gai, Yang, Volossovitch, Anna, Leicht, Anthony S., and Gomez, Miguel-Angel (2019) Technical and physical performances of Chinese Super League soccer players differ according to their playing status and position. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 19 (5). pp. 878-892.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to compare the technical and physical performances of starters, substitutes and whole-match players of different playing positions: central defender, full-back, central midfielder, wide midfielder, and forward. Data were collected from the Chinese Super League. Technical and physical match-performances were analysed using independent / paired t-tests for the following groups: starters (n = 4,794) vs. substitutes (n = 1,208); whole-match players (n = 3,505) vs. substitutes (n = 1,208); within-player comparisons: starters (n = 258) vs. substitutes (n = 258). Significant differences were identified between substitutes and starters/whole-match players for central defenders (number of shots, total distance), central midfielders (high-intensity and total distance, number of high-intensity runs and sprints), wide-midfielders (high-intensity distance, number of high-intensity runs and sprints) and forwards (number of forward passes). Significant differences were identified during within-player comparisons for fullbacks (shot success, ground challenges success), central midfielders (number of passes, shots, aerial challenges and ground challenges), wide midfielders (number of high-intensity runs, sprint % of distance) and forwards (sprint % of distance, number of shots). Substitutes in the CSL experienced greater work-rates and completed more technical actions than starters or whole-match players but with a lower efficacy that was modulated by playing position.

Item ID: 60542
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1474-8185
Keywords: physical demands, technical indicators, playing position, starter, substitute
Funders: China Scholarship Council (CSC), Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain (MECS)
Projects and Grants: CSC 201608390012, MECS PRX18/00098
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 07:31
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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