High-intensity acceleration in soccerWhy is the evaluation method important?

  1. Francisco Javier Núñez Sánchez 1
  2. Moisés de Hoyo 3
  3. Francisco Ignacio Martínez Cabrera 2
  4. Alejandro Muñoz López 3
  1. 1 Universidad Pablo de Olavide

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide

    Sevilla, España

    ROR https://ror.org/02z749649

  2. 2 Universidad Internacional Isabel I de Castilla

    Universidad Internacional Isabel I de Castilla

    Burgos, España

    ROR https://ror.org/055sgt471

  3. 3 Universidad de Sevilla

    Universidad de Sevilla

    Sevilla, España

    ROR https://ror.org/03yxnpp24

Retos: nuevas tendencias en educación física, deporte y recreación

ISSN: 1579-1726 1988-2041

Year of publication: 2021

Issue: 39

Pages: 750-754

Type: Article

DOI: 10.47197/RETOS.V0I39.82281 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openDialnet editor

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The aim of the current study was to analyze the possible differences between the use of different kinds of thresholds to assesshigh-intensity acceleration efforts, both in number and distance covered in young elite soccer players. A total of 26 young soccer playerswere analyzed during 18 competitive matches (n=108). High-intensity acceleration efforts were assessed using an individual relativethreshold based on the capacity of acceleration from different initial speeds, considering high-intensity acceleration when it was >75%of the maximal acceleration (>75% amax). It was also used a threshold >21 km·h-1 when the acceleration intensity was >75% amax, andabsolute thresholds of >3 m·s-2 and >4 m·s-2, both in number and distance (meters). Post hoc analysis showed pairwise significantdifferences between the use of high-intensity thresholds (p < .05), in number and distance. The results showed that the use of absolutethresholds could overestimate (>3 m·s-2) and underestimate (>4 m·s-2 and >21 km·h-1) high-intensity acceleration efforts (both in numberand distance) in comparison with the use of an individual relative threshold (p < .05), whereas a threshold based on high-speed runningcould underestimate high-intensity acceleration efforts (p < .05). Therefore we conclude that the use of absolute acceleration thresholds(>3 m·s-2 and >4 m·s-2) may not be appropriate to analyze these efforts in young soccer players. In addition, speed running thresholdscould underestimate high-intensity actions developed in short distance, being more appropriate to combine with an individual relativethreshold to assess high-intensity action in soccer matches.

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