Validity of a repeated-sprint test for football

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Impellizzeri, F, Rampinini, E, Castagna, Carlo, Bishop, David ORCID: 0000-0002-6956-9188, Bravo, D, Tibaudi, A and Wisloff, U (2008) Validity of a repeated-sprint test for football. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 29 (11). pp. 899-905. ISSN 0172-4622


Three studies involving 108 football players were conducted to examine the reliability of a repeated- shuttle-sprint ability (RSSA) test and its ability to differentiate between players of various competitive levels and playing positions. Study 1: Short-term reliability was determined in 22 professional players completing the RSSA test (6 × 40-m sprints with 20 s of recovery between sprints) on two separate occasions. Study 2: Long-term reliability (seasonal changes) was examined in 31 professional players completing the RSSA test four times (during the preseason period, at the start, middle and end of the competitive season). Study 3: 108 players were divided and compared according to competitive level or playing position. Standard error of measurement values expressed as coefficient of variation for RSSA mean time and best time were 0.8 and 1.3% (short-term reliability) and 0.9 and 1.2% (long-term reliability), respectively. The smallest worthwhile changes were 0.5% for both mean and best time. Professional players showed better RSSA performance than amateur players, and defenders displayed the lowest RSSA performance. In conclusion, the RSSA test showed adequate construct validity but only RSSA mean time showed sufficient reliability to detect large training-induced changes but not small important differences.

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Online ISSN: 1439-3964

Item type Article
DOI 10.1055/s-2008-1038491
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Keywords ResPubID22028. change of direction, speed, decision-making, exercise physiology, repeated shuttle sprint ability, RSSA, repeated sprint ability, RSA, footballers, football players, soccer, association football, male athletes, reliability, construct validity, playing positions
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