Title

The effect of match-factors on the running performance of elite female soccer players

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association

Medical Subject Headings

Acceleration; Adolescent; Adult; Athletic Performance; Environment; Female; Geographic Information Systems; Humans; Longitudinal Studies; Running; Soccer; Young Adult

ISSN

1533-4287

Volume

32

Issue

7

First Page

2002

Last Page

2009

PubMed ID

29570576

Publisher

Wolters Kluwer

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

Comments

Originally published as: Trewin, J., Meylan, C., Varley, M. C., Cronin, J., & Ling, D. (2018). The effect of match-factors on the running performance of elite female soccer players. Journal of strength and conditioning research. 32(7). 2002-2009 Original article available here

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of match factors on the match running of elite female soccer players. Players from the same women's national team (n = 45) were monitored during 47 international fixtures (files = 606) across 4 years (2012-2015) using 10-Hz global positioning system devices. A mixed model was used to analyze the effects of altitude, temperature, match outcome, opposition ranking, and congested schedules. At altitude (>500 m), a small increase in the number of accelerations (effect size [ES] = 0.40) and a small decrease in total distance (ES = -0.54) were observed, whereas at higher temperatures, there were decreases in all metrics (ES = -0.83 to -0.16). Playing a lower ranked team in a draw resulted in a moderate increase in high-speed running (ES = 0.89), with small to moderate decreases in total distance and low-speed running noted in a loss or a win. Winning against higher ranked opponents indicated moderately higher total distance and low-speed running (ES = 0.75), compared with a draw. Although the number of accelerations were higher in a draw against lower ranked opponents, compared with a win and a loss (ES = 0.95 and 0.89, respectively). Practitioners should consider the effect of match factors on match running in elite female soccer.

DOI

10.1519/JSC.0000000000002584

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