Physical performance differences between starter and non-starter players during professional soccer friendly matches

Gimenéz, Jesús V., Leicht, Anthony S., and Gomez, Miguel A. (2019) Physical performance differences between starter and non-starter players during professional soccer friendly matches. Journal of Human Kinetics, 69 (1). pp. 283-291.

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The aim of this study was to investigate the physical performance differences between players that started (i.e. starters, ≥65 minutes played) and those that were substituted into (i.e. non-starter) soccer friendly matches. Fourteen professional players (age: 23.2 ± 2.7 years, body height: 178 ± 6 cm, body mass: 73.2 ± 6.9 kg) took part in this study. Twenty, physical performance-related match variables (e.g. distance covered at different intensities, accelerations and decelerations, player load, maximal running speed, exertion index, work-to-rest ratio and rating of perceived exertion) were collected during two matches. Results were analysed using effect sizes (ES) and magnitude based inferences. Compared to starters, non-starters covered greater match distance within the following intensity categories: >3.3≤4.2m/s (very likely), >4.2≤5 m/s (likely) and >5≤6.9 m/s (likely). In contrast, similar match average acceleration and deceleration values were identified for starters and non-starters (trivial). Indicators of workloads including player loads (very likely), the exertion index (very likely), and the work-to-rest ratio (very likely) were greater, while self-reported ratings of perceived exertion were lower (likely) for non-starters compared to starters. The current study demonstrates that substantial physical performance differences during friendly soccer matches exist between starters and non-starters. Identification of these differences enables coaches and analysts to potentially prescribe optimal training loads and microcycles based upon player's match starting status.

Item ID: 60850
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1899-7562
Keywords: acceleration, competition, measurement, performance, team sport
Copyright Information: © Editorial Committee of Journal of Human Kinetics.
Funders: Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain (MECS)
Projects and Grants: MECS PRX18/00098
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 07:30
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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