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J Strength Cond Res. 2006 Feb;20(1):197-202.

Performance of soccer passing skills under moderate and high-intensity localized muscle fatigue.

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Department of Physical Education and Sports Studies, Newman College of Higher Education, Bartley Green, Birmingham, UK. M.Lyons@newman.ac.uk

Abstract

Despite the acknowledged importance of fatigue on performance, ecologically sound studies investigating fatigue and its effects on sport-specific skills are surprisingly limited. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of moderate and high-intensity localized muscle fatigue on passing performance in soccer. Twenty physically active male college students (age, 22.9 +/- 5.3 years) participated in this study. Subjects performed the modified Loughborough Soccer Passing Test under the following three conditions: rest, moderate fatigue, and high-intensity fatigue. Fatigue intensity was established using a percentage of the maximal number of alternate split squats performed by the subject in 1 minute. Results revealed a significant difference between performance at rest and performance following high-intensity, localized muscle fatigue. The results suggest the need for trainers and coaches to incorporate high-intensity exercise drills into training plans to help players better cope with the demands of the game on the pitch.

PMID:
16503681
DOI:
10.1519/R-17114.1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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