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Time-motion analysis of work-rate in English FA Premier League soccer

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This study used time-motion analysis to characterise the intermittent nature of professional soccer competition. The activity of the mean defender, midfielder and forward covered by Sky Digital's PlayerCam facility in 35 English FA Premier League matches were compared. During a 15 minute observation period, players performed 30.6+3.5 bursts of high intensity including 14.1+2.3 bursts of under 2 s and 3.0+0.2 bursts of 6 s or longer. There was no significant difference between the duration of the average burst performed by defenders, midfielders or forwards (P>0.05). Midfielders had a significantly shorter recovery between bursts than defenders (P<0.01). These results suggest that there is variation in the duration of high intensity bursts as well as low intensity recoveries in professional soccer that should be considered when designing conditioning elements of players' training programmes. Furthermore, the amount of recovery between high intensity bursts is influenced by playing position.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 15, 2002

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