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J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Jul;24(7):1773-81. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181ce2495.

The use of an 8-week mixed-intensity interval endurance-training program improves the aerobic fitness of female soccer players.

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Department of Biology, Division of Natural Sciences, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, California, USA.


The purpose of this study is to examine improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness (VO(2)) after the use of a mixed-intensity interval endurance-training (MI-ET) program in female soccer players, to validate the MI-ET program as an appropriate training regimen to improve cardiorespiratory fitness (VO(2)) in soccer players. 32 female soccer players (average 18.66 +/- 0.31 years) were recruited from a group of currently conditioning local U-19 and college soccer teams and randomly assigned to participate in an 8-week periodized training program that involved either the MI-ET program or the continuation of a current endurance-training (ET) program. Analysis of variance indicates no differences in VO(2) values within the group of athletes before participating in the exercise program. After the 8 weeks of training, the MI-ET group of athletes had significantly greater average VO(2) values (62.13 +/- 0.96 ml vs. 57.27 +/- 1.59 ml, p = 0.015, along with a greater group average of change in VO(2) (12.44 +/- 0.92 ml vs. 7.72 +/- 0.99 ml, p < 0.001. The MI-ET program is shown to be a valid means to improve aerobic fitness as indicated by the MI-ET group exhibiting significantly greater VO(2) measures after training.

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