Influence of opponent standard on activity profile and fatigue development during preseasonal friendly soccer matches: a team study

Vincenzo Rago*, João Silva, Magni Mohr, Morten Randers, Daniel Barreira, Peter Krustrup, António Rebelo

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Abstract

We examined the influence of competitive standard of the opponent on activity profile and fatigue during preseason friendly soccer matches. Time motion analysis was performed in a male professional soccer team (N = 14) during six friendly games played against professional, semi-professional and amateur-level opponents (PL, SPL and AL). The reference team covered higher acceleration distance, acceleration and deceleration > 2 m· s−2 distance against PL than AL (ES = 0.77 to 0.91). Acceleration and deceleration distance > 2 m· s−2 was also higher (ES = 0.66 to 0.84) against SPL than AL. Greater decreases in total distance, distance> 16 km· h−1 and > 22 km· h−1, total acceleration and deceleration, acceleration and deceleration distance > 2 m· s−2 (ES = 0.84 to 2.20) were also observed during PL compared to AL opponent. Playing against a stronger opponent seems to be more physically demanding, with special emphasis on events related with change of velocity (accelerations and decelerations). Declines in physical performance appear more evident against a higher opponent.

Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch in Sports Medicine
Volume26
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)413-424
ISSN1543-8627
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10. Jul 2018

Keywords

  • accelerations
  • monitoring
  • performance
  • Physiology
  • workload
  • Deceleration
  • Humans
  • Fatigue
  • Male
  • Athletes
  • Competitive Behavior
  • Soccer/physiology
  • Athletic Performance/physiology
  • Running
  • Adult
  • Acceleration
  • Longitudinal Studies

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