VO2max changes in English futsal players after a 6-week period of specific small-sided games training

BERDEJO-DEL-FRESNO, D, MOORE, Richard and LAUPHEIMER, M. W. (2015). VO2max changes in English futsal players after a 6-week period of specific small-sided games training. American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 3 (2), 28-34.

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Futsal is a high-intensity, intermittent sport where accelerations and short sprints are performed at maximal or sub-maximal intensity. These efforts are interspersed by brief recovery periods, during 2 halves of 20 minutes stopping clock. Aerobic endurance inevitably plays a key role in the players’ performance. The aim of this study was to analyse the VO2 max progression and the agility (with and without ball) of English futsal players during a 6-week period of small-sided games practice. Two teams volunteered to participate in this study; an experimental group (EG), which performed a specialised small-sided training regime and a control group (CG) (normal training regime). VO2max was estimated from the results of the 20-metre Multi-Stage Fitness Test. The VO2max of the futsal players in the EG improved significantly (58.73±2.41 ml/kg/min vs. 60.11 ± 2.99 ml/kg/min, p=0.04). The same player's agility and agility with ball performance did not report any significant changes in either group. The results showed that periodisation, training sessions and methods based on small-sided games, which implied a change in the number of players, the size of the pitch and the task constraints, were adequate to increase aerobic endurance.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sport Industry Research Centre
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.12691/ajssm-3-2-1
Page Range: 28-34
Depositing User: Richard Moore
Date Deposited: 07 May 2015 08:52
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 13:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9648

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