Half-time and high-speed running in the second half of soccer

MUGGLESTONE, C., MORRIS, J.G., SAUNDERS, B. and SUNDERLAND, C., 2013. Half-time and high-speed running in the second half of soccer. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 34 (06), pp. 514-519. ISSN 0172-4622


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This study investigated if the quantity of high-speed running (movements >15 km.h-1) completed in the first 15 minutes of competitive football matches differed from that completed in the corresponding 15 minutes of the second half. Twenty semi-professional soccer players (age 21.2 ± 3.6 years, body mass 76.4 ± 3.8 kg, height 1.89 ± 0.05 m) participated in the study. Fifty competitive soccer matches and 192 data files were analysed (4 ± 2 files per match) using Global Positioning Satellite technology. Data were analysed using 2-way repeated measures ANOVA and Pearson correlations. No differences were found between the first 15 min of each half for the distance completed at high-speed (>15 km.h-1) or sprinting (>21 km.h-1), or in the number of sprints undertaken (p>0.05). However, total distance covered was shorter (1st half vs. 2nd half: 1746 ± 220 vs. 1644 ± 224 m; p<0.001) and mean speed lower (1st half vs. 2nd half: 7.0 ± 0.9 vs. 6.6 ± 0.9 km.h-1; p<0.001) in the first 15 min of the second half compared to the first. The correlations between the duration of the half-time interval and the difference in the high-speed running or sprinting between first and second halves (0-15 min) were very small (r=0.08 [p=0.25] and r=0.04 [p=0.61] respectively). Therefore, this study did not find any difference between the amount of high-speed running and sprinting completed by semi-professional soccer players when the first 15 minutes of the first and second half of competitive matches were compared The maintenance of high-speed running and sprinting, as total distance and mean speed declined, may be a function of the pacing strategies adopted by players in competitive matches.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Half-time and high-speed running in soccer [short-title]
Publication Title: International Journal of Sports Medicine
Creators: Mugglestone, C., Morris, J.G., Saunders, B. and Sunderland, C.
Publisher: Georg Thieme
Place of Publication: Stuttgart
Date: 2013
Volume: 34
Number: 06
ISSN: 0172-4622
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:47
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:39
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18166

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