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Sports specific testing differentiates professional from amateur soccer performance ability

Sports specific testing differentiates professional from amateur soccer performance ability

In professional soccer, both speed and endurance are key physical performance indicators, and while endurance can be tested alone in a high performance lab (VO2max test),  the most accurate on-field performance indicator is The Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test (version 1 & 2) which we talk about here. A study just published in The Journal of Sports Medicine and(…)

Functional movement screen: relevant to athletic performance?

Functional movement screen: relevant to athletic performance?

Assessing athletes for musculoskeletal imbalances is important when looking to spot yellow and red flags in terms of muscle strength-balance, and possible in predicting future likelihood of injuries. In this regard, movement screening is everywhere, particularly in team environments when large numbers of athletes need to be tested within the time-constraints of organised (professional sport). The Functional(…)

Speed characteristics of elite female soccer players: The FAIM Study

Speed characteristics of elite female soccer players: The FAIM Study

The physical profile of an athlete can distinguish between elite and non-elite status, independent of technical ability. Elite athletes are clearly identifiable in adolescence by higher levels of endurance and greater speed. A sizeable body of research continues to validate this hypothesis, however most of it is concentrated on male athletes. In professional soccer, little(…)

Strength training recommendations in front & back squat for elite youth soccer players

Strength training recommendations in front & back squat for elite youth soccer players

There is a growing body of evidence highlighting the positive effects of both plyometric and strength training for youth athletes. A little earlier this week, we posted that plyometric training in youth soccer players improves many physical performance indicators including, speed, strength & peak power. And a more recent study by Keiner et al. (2012) has demonstrated(…)

Plyometric training induces performance gains in pre-adolescent boys

Plyometric training induces performance gains in pre-adolescent boys

We received a great reaction to our post on resistance training in children, as the CSEP position paper affirmed the benefits of strength training for pre-adolescents. A recent paper published by Michalldis et al. (2012) adds another dimension to this paradigm by examining the effects of plyometric training on athletic performance in pre-adolescents (mean age 10.6 years). 45(…)

Compatibility of concurrent strength & endurance training in soccer

Compatibility of concurrent strength & endurance training in soccer

A new study on the effects of concurrent strength and endurance training in professional footballers has been published. 21 professional footballers (mean age 21-30, height 171 – 194cm, mass 59 – 88kg) who have all played UEFA Champions league football over the past two seasons participated in a 2 session per week * 8 week programme(…)

The sports science of tennis I: success and decline of top 10 players

The sports science of tennis I: success and decline of top 10 players

Tennis is a unique sport. Unlike cycling, rowing or running events, the best performances cannot be evaluated based on times posted at world championships or Olympic games. Nor is tennis a team sport like basketball soccer, where complex tactical and technical interactions between units of players are captained and coached from the side-line. In tennis,(…)