The effect of concurrent training organisation in youth elite soccer players

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Colleges, School and Institutes

Abstract

PurposeThis study compared the adaptive responses to two concurrent training programmes frequently used in professional soccer.
MethodsFifteen youth soccer players (17.3 ± 1.6 years, 1.82 ± 0.06 m, 77.0 ± 7.3 kg; VO2 peak, 62.0 ± 4.7 ml−1 kg−1 min−1) who compete in the English Premier League volunteered for this study. In addition to completing their habitual training practices, the participants were asked to alter the organisation concurrent training by performing strength (S) training either prior to (S + E, n = 8) or after (E + S, n = 7) soccer-specific endurance training (E) 2d wk−1 for 5 wk−1.
ResultsWith the exception of 30 m sprint, IMVC PF, quadriceps strength (60°/sCON, 180°/sCON, 120°/sECC) pooled data revealed training effects across all other performances measures (P < 0.05). Whilst ANCOVA indicated no significant interaction effects for training condition, the difference between the means divided by the pooled standard deviation demonstrated large effect sizes in the E + S condition for in HBS 1-RM [S + E vs E + S; −0.54 (9.6 %) vs −1.79 (19.6 %)], AoP-M [−0.72 (7.9 %) vs −1.76 (14.4 %)], SJ [−0.56, (4.4 %), vs −1.08, (8.1 %)], IMVC-LR; [−0.50, (20.3 %) vs −1.05 (27.3 %)], isokinetic hamstring strength 60°/s CON [−0.64, (12.2 %) vs −0.95 (19.2 %)], 120°/sECC [−0.78 (27.9 %) vs −1.55 (23.3 %)] and isokinetic quadriceps strength 180°/s CON [−0.23 (2.5 %) vs −1.52 (13.2 %)].
ConclusionResults suggest the organisation of concurrent training, recovery time allocated between training bouts and the availability nutrition may be able to modulate small but clinically significant changes in physical performance parameters associated with match-play. This may have practical implications for practitioners who prescribe same day concurrent training protocols.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2367-2381
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean journal of applied physiology
Volume115
Issue number11
Early online date19 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

Keywords

  • concurrent training, strength training, soccer, muscle architecture