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Soccer performance

Diogo Coutinho, Bruno Gonçalves, Del P Wong, Bruno Travassos, Aaron J Coutts, Jaime Sampaio
This study examined the effects of induced mental and muscular fatigue on soccer players' physical activity profile and collective behavior during small-sided games (SSG). Ten youth soccer players performed a 5vs5 SSG under three conditions: a) control, playing without any previous activity; b) muscular fatigue, playing after performing a repeated change-of-direction task; c) mental fatigue, playing after completing a 30 min Stroop color-word task. Players' positional data was used to compute time-motion and tactical-related variables...
March 14, 2018: Human Movement Science
Keiko Yokoyama, Hiroyuki Shima, Keisuke Fujii, Noriyuki Tabuchi, Yuji Yamamoto
Team coordination is a basic human behavioral trait observed in many real-life communities. To promote teamwork, it is important to cultivate social skills that elicit team coordination. In the present work, we consider which social skills are indispensable for individuals performing a ball possession game in soccer. We develop a simple social force model that describes the synchronized motion of offensive players. Comparing the simulation results with experimental observations, we uncovered that the cooperative social force, a measure of perception skill, has the most important role in reproducing the harmonized collective motion of experienced players in the task...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Chris Brogden, Kelly Marrin, Richard Page, Matt Greig
CONTEXT: Clinical and functional assessments are performed regularly in sporting environments to screen for performance deficits and injury risk. Circadian rhythms have been demonstrated to affect human performance, however the influence of time of day on a battery of multiple ankle injury risk factors has yet to be established within athletic populations. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the influence of circadian variation on a battery of tests, used to screen for ankle aetiological risk factors...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
Naser Naser, Ajmol Ali, Paul Macadam
Futsal, the 5-a-side version of soccer (i.e. 1 goalkeeper and 4 outfield players), was introduced in 1930 and continues to grow in popularity around the world. Competitive games comprise of two 20-min periods of high-intensity and intermittent activities requiring substantial physical, tactical, and technical efforts from the players. A greater understanding of the physical and skill requirements will aid the development of futsal and enable practitioners to undertake appropriate training regimes for the demands of the sport...
December 2017: Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness
Stefanie Pietsch, Petra Jansen
This study investigates the influence of specific soccer training with the non-dominant leg on mental rotation performance of 20 adolescent soccer players between 10 and 11 years of age. While the experimental group performed soccer specific tasks only with the non-dominant foot once a week for 10 weeks, the control group absolved the same exercises with the dominant foot for the same period of time. Both groups performed a mental rotation task and shot, dribbling and ball control tests before and after the 10 week intervention...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Tomas Carlsson, Jenny Isberg, Johnny Nilsson, Magnus Carlsson
The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of the task conditions on 20-m side foot-kick accuracy among Swedish first league women's soccer players. Twenty-three players performed three side foot-kick tests under different task conditions: stationary ball using match-relevant ball speed (SBRS) and maximal ball speed (SBMS) and a 5-m run with the ball from different approach angles (0°, 30°, and 60°) to a predetermined position, where passing of the ball on the move was executed using match-relevant ball speed (RBRS)...
March 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
Jaelson G Ortiz, Juliano F da Silva, Lorival J Carminatti, Luiz G A Guglielmo, Fernando Diefenthaeler
This study aims to analyze the physiological, neuromuscular, and biochemical responses in untrained women after eight weeks of regular participation in small-sided soccer games compared to aerobic training. Twenty-seven healthy untrained women were divided into two groups [soccer group (SG = 17) and running group (RG = 10)]. Both groups trained three times per week for eight weeks. The variables measured in this study were maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max), relative velocity at VO2 max (vVO2 max), peak velocity, relative intensity at lactate threshold (vLT), relative intensity at onset of blood lactate accumulation (vOBLA), peak force, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and cholesterol ratio (LDL/HDL)...
March 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
Arnhild Bakken, Stephen Targett, Tone Bere, Cristiano Eirale, Abdulaziz Farooq, Andrea B Mosler, Johannes L Tol, Rod Whiteley, Karim M Khan, Roald Bahr
BACKGROUND: Lower extremity muscle strength tests are commonly used to screen for injury risk in professional soccer. However, there is limited evidence on the ability of such tests in predicting future injuries. PURPOSE: To examine the association between hip and thigh muscle strength and the risk of lower extremity injuries in professional male soccer players. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study; Level of evidence, 3. METHODS: Professional male soccer players from 14 teams in Qatar underwent a comprehensive strength assessment at the beginning of the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 seasons...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Steven H Doeven, Michel S Brink, Silke J Kosse, Koen A P M Lemmink
Background: Insufficient postmatch recovery in elite players may cause an increased risk of injuries, illnesses and non-functional over-reaching. Objective: To evaluate postmatch recovery time courses of physical performance and biochemical markers in team ball sport players. Study design: Systematic review. Data sources: PubMed and Web of Science. Eligibility criteria for selecting studies: This systematic review was conducted according to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines...
2018: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
Marzena Barczuk-Falęcka, Łukasz A Małek, Hubert Krysztofiak, Danuta Roik, Michał Brzewski
Physical training is associated with changes in cardiac morphology called the "athlete's heart", which has not been sufficiently studied in children. The aim of the study was to analyze cardiac adaptation to exercise in pre-adolescent soccer players. Thirty-six soccer players (mean age 10.1 ± 1.4 years) and 24 non-athlete male controls (10.4 ± 1.7 years) underwent cardiac magnetic resonance. Measurements of myocardial mass, end-diastolic and end-systolic volume, stroke volume and ejection fraction for left and right ventricle (LV, RV) were performed...
March 8, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Luiz H P Vieira, Sérgio A Cunha, Renato Moraes, Fabio A Barbieri, Rodrigo Aquino, Lucas de P Oliveira, Martina Navarro, Bruno L S Bedo, Paulo R P Santiago
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the kicking performance of young soccer players in the U9 to U20 age groups. METHOD: Three hundred and sixty-six Brazilian players were evaluated on an official pitch using three-dimensional kinematics to measure (300 Hz) ball velocity (Vball ), foot velocity (Vfoot ), Vball /Vfoot ratio, last stride length, and distance between the support foot and the ball. Simultaneously, a two-dimensional procedure was also conducted to compute (60 Hz) the mean radial error, bivariate variable error, and accuracy...
March 7, 2018: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Tomas Maly, Dai Sugimoto, Jana Izovska, Frantisek Zahalka, Lucia Mala
The aim of this study was to determine the effect of muscular strength, strength asymmetries, and fatigue on the speed and accuracy of an instep kick in soccer players. We measured ball velocity (BV) and kicking accuracy (KA) in the preferred (PL) and non-preferred leg (NPL) before (PRE) and after (POST) physical load in the PL. Maximum peak muscle torque of the knee extensors and flexors in the PL and NPL as well as ipsilateral knee flexors and knee extensors ratio (H:Q ratio) for both legs were assessed. BV was significantly decreased in POST physical load (5...
March 5, 2018: International Journal of Sports Medicine
Gabriele Mascherini, Cristian Petri, Giorgio Galanti
BACKGROUND: Cardiac adaptation to intense physical training is determined by many factors. Differences between the sexes in the left ventricle parameters are well established, however, both sport activity and body composition seem to reduce them. In order to better explain some heart modifications, a first approach was to eliminate the fat mass from the indexing of the left ventricular parameters. Fat free mass also contains the extracellular mass which does not represent a metabolically active compartment...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Neil Light
BACKGROUND: Deficits in adductor strength and flexibility are known risk factors for soccer hip/groin injury, yet little is known about the acute effects of soccer match play on these physical features. The aim of this study therefore was to examine the changes in adductor strength and flexibility before; during and immediately after soccer match play. METHODS: Design: Twenty, male university soccer players (age = 22.35 ± 1.98 years) participated in this field-based, within subject, repeated measures study...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Diego Viana Gomes, Patricia Santos Vigário, Bruna K Lima Piazera, Filipe Pereira Costa, Mario Vaisman, Veronica Salerno Pinto
BACKGROUND: Compare oxidative stress biomarkers, antioxidant capacity, muscle damage and hormone response between vision impaired and non-vision impaired athletes after a single maximal exercise test. METHODS: Eight vision impaired and fifteen non-vision impaired athletes performed a maximal aerobic test with blood collected before and after. RESULTS: Non-vision impaired athletes displayed greater aerobic capacity than blind individuals (p<0...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Chris Bishop, Paul Read, Jermaine McCubbine, Anthony Turner
Inter-limb asymmetries have been shown to be greater during vertical jumping compared to horizontal jumping. Notable inter-limb differences have also been established at an early age in male youth soccer players. Furthermore, given the multi-planar nature of soccer, establishing between-limb differences from multiple jump tests is warranted. At present, a paucity of data exists regarding asymmetries in youth female soccer players and their effects on physical performance. The aims of this study were to quantify inter-limb asymmetries from unilateral jump tests and examine their effects on speed and jump performance...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Mark De Ste Croix, Abigail Priestley, Rhodri Lloyd, Jon Oliver
PURPOSE: Fatigue negatively alters dynamic knee control, and the functional hamstring/quadriceps ratio (H/QFUNC ) plays an important role in stabilizing the joint. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of soccer-specific exercise on H/QFUNC in under (U) 13-, U15-, and U17-year-old female soccer players. METHODS: A total of 36 female players performed concentric and eccentric actions of the hamstrings at 60°, 120°, and 180°/s before and after an age group-specific field-based soccer protocol...
February 27, 2018: Pediatric Exercise Science
Erik Schiffner, David Latz, Jan P Grassmann, Alberto Schek, Simon Thelen, Joachim Windolf, Johannes Schneppendahl, Pascal Jungbluth
BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament ruptures (ACLRs) are severe sports-related injuries with significant consequences for affected players and teams. This study aims to identify the epidemiology and injury-related lay-off after ACLR in professional male soccer players from the first-division German Bundesliga. METHODS: Exposure times and incidence of anterior cruciate ligament ruptures were collected during 7.5 consecutive seasons using two media-based registers...
February 22, 2018: Knee
Daria Domańska-Senderowska, Zbigniew Jastrzębski, Justyna Kiszałkiewicz, Michał Brzeziański, Dorota Pastuszak-Lewandoska, Łukasz Radzimińki, Ewa Brzeziańska-Lasota, Anna Jegier
Recently studies have shown that, depending on the type of training and its duration, the expression levels of selected circulating myomiRNAs (c-miR-27a,b, c-miR-29a,b,c, c-miR-133a) differ and correlate with the physiological indicators of adaptation to physical activity. To analyse the expression of selected classes of miRNAs in soccer players during different periods of their training cycle. The study involved 22 soccer players aged 17-18 years. The multi-stage 20-m shuttle run test was used to estimate VO2 max among the soccer players...
December 2017: Biology of Sport
Alexandre Moreira, Marcelo Massa, Carlos R Thiengo, Rafael Alan Rodrigues Lopes, Marcelo R Lima, Roel Vaeyens, Wesley P Barbosa, Marcelo S Aoki
The aim of this study was to examine the influence of hormonal status, anthropometric profile, sexual maturity level, and physical performance on the technical abilities of 40 young male soccer players during small-sided games (SSGs). Anthropometric profiling, saliva sampling, sexual maturity assessment (Tanner scale), and physical performance tests (Yo-Yo and vertical jumps) were conducted two weeks prior to the SSGs. Salivary testosterone was determined by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay method. Technical performance was determined by the frequency of actions during SSGs...
December 2017: Biology of Sport
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