Effects of a competitive half-season on the aerobic capacity and match running performance of Turkish elite professional soccer players


Akyildiz Z., Guler A. H. , ÇENE E. , Vieira L. H. P. , Aquino R., Clemente F. M.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART P-JOURNAL OF SPORTS ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/17543371221101796
  • Title of Journal : PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART P-JOURNAL OF SPORTS ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
  • Keywords: Match analysis, Yo-Yo IR1, GPS, aerobic fitness, training, testing, soccer, football, professional soccer, elite soccer, athlete tracking technology, INTERMITTENT RECOVERY TEST, RELIABILITY, FITNESS, SPEED, PERIODIZATION, ENDURANCE, VALIDITY, GAMES

Abstract

This study examines how exertion during matches affects participants' physical capacity and match performance. The study included 13 elite football league players (21 +/- 0.7 years old; height, 181.1 +/- 8.98 cm; body mass, 74.7 +/- 8.1 kg) and used global positioning system (GPS) data collected during 12 official matches. Four matches after the first Yo-Yo IR1 test, four matches before the second Yo-Yo IR1 test, and four matches after the second Yo-Yo IR1 test are examined. Sprint count per minute (SC) (N/min), (>19 km/h), p < 0.030; distance covered at zone 4-6 per minute DCZ4 (km/h/min), (18-24 km/h), p < 0.00; distance covered at zone 4-6 per minute DCZ5 (km/h/min), (24-30 km/h), p < 0.001; and distance covered at zone 4-6 per minute DCZ6 (km/h/min), (30-39 km/h), p < 0.001 were recorded. According to the values obtained before the tests, the match data show a decreasing trend in the following weeks. Furthermore, the relationship between physical performance values and tests is determined (average speed (AS) (km/h), r = 0.64; maximum speed (MS) (km/h), r = 0.50; DCZ4 (km/h/min), r = 0.89; DCZ5 (km/h), r = 0.81). As a result, time-dependent changes in intermittent endurance capacity during matches validated in-game running kinematics. This indicates the Yo-Yo IR1's robustness as a fitness marker, and its capacity to help practitioners preview longitudinal variations in locomotor behavior during matches. Athletes who show a high degree of asymmetry in official matches seem to exhibit a strong ability to resist fatigue during testing.