Monitoring load, recovery and performance in young elite soccer players

Michel S. Brink*, Esther Nederhof, Chris Visscher, Sandor L. Schmikli, Koen A. P. M. Lemmink

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Abstract

Brink, MS, Nederhof, E, Visscher, C, Schmikli, SL, and Lemmink, KAPM. Monitoring load, recovery, and performance in young elite soccer players. J Strength Cond Res 24(3): 597603, 2010-The purpose of this study was to investigate the relation between training load, recovery, and monthly field test performance in young elite soccer players to develop training guidelines to enhance performance. In a prospective, non-experimental cohort design, 18 young elite soccer players registered training and match duration for a full competitive season by means of daily training logs. Furthermore, session rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and total quality of recovery (TOR) scores were recorded. Weekly duration (TL(d)) load (duration X session RPE = TL(rpe)), and TOR scores were calculated for 1 and 2 weeks before a monthly submaximal interval shuttle run tests to determine interval endurance capacity. Participants spent on average 394.4 +/- 134.9 minutes per week on training and game play with an average session RPE of 14.4 +/- 1.2 (somewhat hard) and TOR of 14.7 +/- 1.3 (good recovery). Random intercept models showed that every extra hour training or game play resulted in enhanced field test performance (p <0.05). Session RPE and TOR scores did not contribute to the prediction of performance. The duration of training and game play in the week before field test performance is most strongly related to interval endurance capacity. Therefore, coaches should focus on training duration to improve interval endurance capacity in elite soccer players. To evaluate the group and individual training response, field tests should be frequently executed and be incorporated in the training program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-603
Number of pages7
JournalJOURNAL OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING RESEARCH
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar-2010

Keywords

  • training load
  • interval endurance capacity
  • hierarchical linear model
  • football
  • SHUTTLE RUN TEST
  • HEART-RATE
  • EXERCISE INTENSITY
  • PERCEIVED EXERTION
  • TRAINING LOAD
  • SPORT PLAYERS
  • FIELD-TESTS
  • VALIDITY
  • SEASON
  • MODEL

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