Physiological basis of fatigue resistance training in competitive football

Magni Mohr, F. Iaia

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KEY POINTS • Fatigue develops temporarily during the most intense periods of a football game, as well as towards the end of a game, and the two types of fatigue are related to different physiological systems. • Temporary fatigue is proposed to be caused by muscle acidification and depolarization of the muscle resting membrane potential, and fatigue at the end of a game may associate with depleted muscle glycogen stores in individual muscle fibres or muscle cell compartments. • Aerobic high-intensity training and speed-endurance training are efficient fatigue resistance training strategies in elite football. • Intense intermittent training has been shown to improve a wide range of physiological systems directly or indirectly related to both endurance and high-intensity exercise performance in trained athletes. • Large individual variations in game demands and fatigue profiles are present in football, which suggests a greater emphasis on individual fitness training for elite football players.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalSports Science Exchange
Issue number126
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • football
  • fatigue


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