Training load and submaximal heart rate testing throughout a competitive period in a top-level male football team

Vincenzo Rago, Peter Krustrup, Rafael Martín-Acero, António Rebelo, Magni Mohr

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate training load and cardiorespiratory fitness in a top-level Spanish (LaLiga) football team (n = 17). The submaximal Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test level 1 (Yo-Yo IR1SUB) was performed in four moments of the competitive period from early February (E1) to early May (E4). Training load was quantified using a 10-Hz global positioning system and heart rate (HR) recording (n = 837 individual training sessions), while match load was quantified using semi-automated cameras (n = 216 individual match observations). Cardiorespiratory fitness moderately improved as the season progressed (P < 0.05; effect sizes = 0.8 to 1.2). Cumulative total distance covered during training between E1 and E4 was negatively correlated with percentage of changes in mean HR during the last 30 s of Yo-Yo IR1SUB (P = 0.049; r = −0.47 [−0.71; −0.14]; moderate). HR during the last 30 s of Yo-Yo IR1SUB was negatively correlated to total distance covered during the match (P = 0.024; r = −0.56 [−0.80; −0.17]; moderate). Yo-Yo IRSUB can be used to monitor seasonal changes in cardiorespiratory fitness without the need to have players work until exhaustion. Cardiorespiratory fitness given by mean HR during the last 30 s of the test seems meaningful in relation to match performance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1618534
Pages (from-to)1408-1415
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume38
Issue number11-12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • cardiorespiratory
  • performance
  • GPS
  • distance covered
  • internal load
  • external load

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