Sprint vs. interval training in football

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Ferrari Bravo, D, Impellizzeri, F, Rampinini, E, Castagna, Carlo, Bishop, David ORCID: 0000-0002-6956-9188 and Wisloff, U (2008) Sprint vs. interval training in football. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 29 (8). pp. 668-674. ISSN 0172-4622


The aim of this study was to compare the effects of high-intensity aerobic interval and repeatedsprint ability (RSA) training on aerobic and anaerobic physiological variables in male football players. Forty-two participants were randomly assigned to either the interval training group (ITG, 4 × 4 min running at 90–95% of HRmax; n = 21) or repeated-sprint training group (RSG, 3 × 6 maximal shuttle sprints of 40 m; n = 21). The following outcomes were measured at baseline and after 7weeks of training: maximum oxygen uptake, respiratory compensation point, football-specific endurance (Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test, YYIRT), 10-m sprint time, jump height and power, and RSA. Significant group × time interaction was found for YYIRT (p = 0.003) with RSG showing greater improvement (from 1917 ± 439 to 2455 ± 488 m) than ITG (from 1846 ± 329 to 2077 ± 300m). Similarly, a significant interaction was found in RSA mean time (p = 0.006) with only the RSG group showing an improvement after training (from 7.53 ± 0.21 to 7.37 ± 0.17 s). No other group × time interactions were found. Significant pre-post changes were found for absolute and relativemaximum oxygen uptake and respiratory compensation point (p < 0.05). These findings suggest that the RSA training protocol used in this study can be an effective training strategy for inducing aerobic and football-specific training adaptations.

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Online ISSN: 1439-3964

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7994
DOI 10.1055/s-2007-989371
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1055/s-2007-989371
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 ResPubID22031. intense exercise, sprints, repeated sprint ability, RSA, aerobic interval ability, Association football, soccer
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