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Repeated work activity in English FA Premier League soccer

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The purpose of the current investigation was to analyse the intermittent work performed by elite soccer players during English FA Premier League soccer matches. A computerised work-rate analysis system was used to record the work and recovery periods of 226 players during approximately 15 minutes of match-play each (33 defenders, 97 midfielders and 96 forwards). The 10.9±2.4% of match time spent performing work by midfielders was significantly greater than the 9.6±1.9%, p < 0.05, for defenders and the 9.6±2.5% for forwards, p < 0.05. The results suggest that players performed 49 repeated work bouts with a mean of 3.1 periods of work of 2.9s with short recoveries of under 20s (mean 7.3s). In addition, players performed 37 isolated periods of work of 2.9s, although durations ranged from under 2s to over 10s. The recoveries that separated the repeated work bouts and isolated work periods had a mean duration of 47.8s. Those designing the conditioning elements of players training programmes should consider the need to prepare players to perform repeated work bouts during matches.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-11-01

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