Soccer Small-Sided Games Activities Vary According to the Interval Regime and their Order of Presentation within the Session

Journal of Human Kinetics. 2018;62(1):167-175 DOI 10.1515/hukin-2017-0168

 

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Journal Title: Journal of Human Kinetics

ISSN: 1899-7562 (Online)

Publisher: Sciendo

Society/Institution: The Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Katowice

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Internal medicine: Special situations and conditions: Sports medicine

Country of publisher: Poland

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS

Sanchez-Sanchez Javier (Group Planning and Assessment of Training and Athletic Performance, Pontifical University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)
Ramirez-Campillo Rodrigo (Group Planning and Assessment of Training and Athletic Performance, Pontifical University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)
Carretero Manuel (Group Planning and Assessment of Training and Athletic Performance, Pontifical University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)
Martín Victor (Group Planning and Assessment of Training and Athletic Performance, Pontifical University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)
Hernández Daniel (Group Planning and Assessment of Training and Athletic Performance, Pontifical University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)
Nakamura Fabio Y. (Group Planning and Assessment of Training and Athletic Performance, Pontifical University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)

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Abstract | Full Text

In order to investigate the physical demands of widely used in soccer small-sided games (SSGs), we compared game variations performed under different interval (fixed or variable) and timing regimens (beginning or end of a training session). Twelve male players wore GPS devices during the SSGs to record total distance, relative distance, distance at different speeds, and maximum velocity variables. Four variations of SSGs (4x4) were randomly applied: beginning of a training session with fixed and variable recovery, or end of a training session with fixed and variable recovery. During the beginning or end of a training session settings with fixed recovery duration, 2-min of playing and 2-min of recovery were provided. During the beginning and end of a training session settings with variable recovery, athletes kept playing until a goal was scored, or up to 2-min if no goals were scored. Results were analysed using MANOVA. Total distance and relative distance were higher in the beginning compared to end of training sessions for both fixed and variable recovery duration (small to moderate effect sizes). Distance at various speed ranges (i.e., 13-18 km/h and >18 km/h) was higher (p ≤ 0.01) at the beginning than at the end of training sessions with variable recovery. In addition, distance >18 km/h was higher at the beginning of a training session with variable recovery than fixed recovery and at the end of a training session with variable recovery than fixed recovery. In conclusion, several physical demand characteristics are affected by the moment of SSG application, while others respond to the recovery regime during SSGs, thus providing indications to the coaches to prescribe the intended training intensity by manipulating the context.