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Validity of simple field tests as indicators of match-related physical performance in top-level professional soccer players

Rampinini, E and Bishop, David and Marcora, S and Ferrari Bravo, D and Sassi, R and Impellizzeri, F (2007) Validity of simple field tests as indicators of match-related physical performance in top-level professional soccer players. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 28 (3). pp. 228-235. ISSN 0172-4622

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the construct validity of selected field tests as indicators of match-related physical performance. During the competitive season, eighteen professional soccer players (age 26.2 ± 4.5 yrs, mass 80.8 ± 7.8 kg, and height 181.9 ± 3.7 cm) completed an incremental running field test to exhaustion, a vertical-jump and a repeated-sprint ability (RSA) test. Match physical performance was quantified during official matches using a video-computerized, semi-automatic, match analysis image recognition system, (ProZone®, Leeds, UK). The selected measures of match physical performance were: total distance covered (TD), high intensity running (HIR: > 14.4 km · h-1), very high intensity running (VHIR:> 19.8 km · h-1), sprinting (> 25.2 km · h-1) and top running speed. Significant correlations were found between peak speed reached during the incremental field test and TD (r = 0.58, R2 = 0.34; p < 0.05), HIR (r = 0.65, R2 = 0.42; p < 0.01) and VHIR (r = 0.64, R2 = 0.41; p < 0.01). Significant correlations were also found between RSA mean time and VHIR (r = - 0.60, R2 = 0.36; p < 0.01) and sprinting distance (r = - 0.65, R2 = 0.42; p < 0.01). Significant differences were found between the best and worst group as defined by the median split technique for peak speed (TD = 12 011 ± 747 m vs. 10 712 ± 669, HIR = 3192 ± 482 m vs. 2314 ± 347 m, and VHIR = 1014 ± 120 vs. 779 ± 122 m, respectively; p < 0.05) and RSA mean time (VHIR = 974 ± 162 m vs. 819 ± 144 m, and sprinting = 235 ± 56 vs. 164 ± 58 m, respectively; p < 0.05). In conclusion, this study gives empirical support to the construct validity of RSA and incremental running tests as measures of match-related physical performance in top-level professional soccer players.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID22095. soccer players, footballers, football, match performance, field tests, construct validity, convergent validity, group difference, repeated sprint ability, RSA, sprints
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2012 00:14
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2014 02:15
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8050
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-924340
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