Match-to-match variations in external load measures during congested weeks in professional male soccer players
1Escola Superior Desporto e Lazer, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Rua Escola Industrial e Comercial de Nun’Álvares, 4900-347 Viana do Castelo, Portugal
2Physical Education and Sports Teaching Department, Kazim Karabekir Faculty of Education, Ataturk University, 25030 Erzurum, Turkey
3Department of Physical Education and Special Motricity, University Transilvania of Brasov, 500068 Brasov, Romania
4Department of Physical Education and Sports, University of Granada, 18010 Granada, Spain
5Department of Exercise Physiology, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Isfahan, 81746-7344 Isfahan, Iran
6HEME Research Group, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
7Associação de Futebol de Bragança, 5300-379 Bragança, Portugal
8Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisboa, 1649-004 Lisboa, Portugal
9Department of Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Taipei, 11153 Taipei, Taiwan
10Instituto de Telecomunicações, Delegação da Covilhã, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.063 Vol.17,Issue 4,September 2021 pp.207-217
Submitted: 01 May 2021 Accepted: 01 June 2021
Published: 30 September 2021
Objectives: This study aimed to analyze within-week and within-match external load variations in male soccer players over three consecutive matches during a congested week.
Methods: The study cohort included nineteen elite professional male players (age: 26.5 ± 4.3 years) from a European First League team. Players were monitored daily over a full season using measurements collected by global positioning systems (GPSs). GPS-derived measures of total distance (TD), high-speed running (HSR), high metabolic load (HML), and maximal speed (maxSpeed) were collected during each match.
Results: TD and HML intensity were meaningfully lower during the second half of the season than the ﬁrst half for all weeks (p < 0.05), regardless of the number of matches. Also, the standardized differences for both metrics presented moderate-to-strong effect sizes. Although no signiﬁcant differences between halves were found for HSR or maxSpeed (p > 0.05), these measures presented inconsistently minimum-to-strong effect sizes in some matches in overall weeks.
Conclusion: The ﬁndings of this study revealed that TD and HML distances were signiﬁcantly different between halves for all weeks, regardless of the number of matches. Meanwhile, HSR and maxSpeed measures presented no signiﬁcant differences across matches overall.
External load; Load monitoring; Sports science; Performance; GPS
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