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The effects of fatigue on soccer skills performed during a soccer match simulation

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by M Russell, D Benton, Michael Kingsley
This study examined the effects of exercise-induced fatigue on soccer skills performed throughout simulated match play. Fifteen academy soccer players completed a soccer match simulation (SMS) including passing, dribbling, and shooting skills. Precision, success rate, and ball speed were determined via video analysis for all skills. Blood samples were obtained before exercise (preexercise), every 15 min during the simulation (15, 30, 45, 60, 75, and 90 min), and 10 min into half-time. Preliminary testing confirmed test-retest repeatability of performance, physiological, and metabolic responses to 45 min of the SMS. Exercise influenced shooting precision (timing effect: P = .035) and passing speed (timing effect: P = .011), such that shots taken after exercise were 25.5 ± 4.0% less accurate than those taken before exercise and passes in the last 15 min were 7.8 ± 4.3% slower than in the first 15 min. Shot and pass speeds were slower during the second half compared with the first half (shooting: 17.3 ± 0.3 m/s vs 16.6 ± 0.3 m/s, P = 0.012; passing: 13.0 ± 0.5 m/s vs 12.2 ± 0.5 m/s, P = 0.039). Dribbling performance was unaffected by exercise. Blood lactate concentrations were elevated above preexercise values throughout exercise (time of sample effect: P < .001). Conclusions: These findings demonstrate that soccer-specific exercise influenced the quality of performance in gross motor skills, such as passing and shooting. Therefore, interventions to maintain skilled performance during the second half of soccer match play are warranted.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

6

Issue

2

Start Page

221

End Page

233

Number of Pages

13

ISSN

1555-0265

Location

IL, USA

Publisher

Human Kinetics

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); Swansea University;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International journal of sports physiology and performance.

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