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Relationships between Fitness Status and Match Running Performance in Adult Women Soccer Players: A Cohort Study

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Faculty of Educational Sciences and Sports Sciences, University of Vigo, 36005 Pontevedra, Spain
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Escola Superior Desporto e Lazer, Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Rua Escola Industrial e Comercial de Nun’Álvares, 4900-347 Viana do Castelo, Portugal
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Instituto de Telecomunicações, Delegação da Covilhã, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
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Research Unit for Sport and Physical Activity, Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, University of Coimbra, 3004-531 Coimbra, Portugal
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Department of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Pontifical University of Comillas (Centro de Estudios Superiores Alberta Giménez), 07013 Palma, Spain
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MOVI-LAB Human Movement Research Laboratory, School of Sciences, Graduate Program in Movement Sciences, Physical Education Department, UNESP São Paulo State University, Bauru 01140-070, Brazil
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Centre for Intelligent Healthcare, Coventry University, Priory St, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
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Academic Editors: Jan Bilski and Tatiana Moro
Received: 14 April 2021 / Revised: 14 May 2021 / Accepted: 11 June 2021 / Published: 13 June 2021
Background and Objectives: The aim of this study was twofold: (i) to analyze the relationships between fitness status (repeated-sprint ability (RSA), aerobic performance, vertical height jump, and hip adductor and abductor strength) and match running performance in adult women soccer players and (ii) to explain variations in standardized total distance, HSR, and sprinting distances based on players’ fitness status. Materials and Methods: The study followed a cohort design. Twenty-two Portuguese women soccer players competing at the first-league level were monitored for 22 weeks. These players were tested three times during the cohort period. The measured parameters included isometric strength (hip adductor and abductor), vertical jump (squat and countermovement jump), linear sprint (10 and 30 m), change-of-direction (COD), repeated sprints (6 × 35 m), and intermittent endurance (Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test level 1). Data were also collected for several match running performance indicators (total distance covered and distance at different speed zones, accelerations/decelerations, maximum sprinting speed, and number of sprints) in 10 matches during the cohort. Results: Maximal linear sprint bouts presented large to very large correlations with explosive match-play actions (accelerations, decelerations, and sprint occurrences; r = −0.80 to −0.61). In addition, jump modalities and COD ability significantly predicted, respectively, in-game high-intensity accelerations (r = 0.69 to 0.75; R2 = 25%) and decelerations (r = −0.78 to −0.50; R2 = 23–24%). Furthermore, COD had significant explanatory power related to match running performance variance regardless of whether the testing and match performance outcomes were computed a few or several days apart. Conclusion: The present investigation can help conditioning professionals working with senior women soccer players to prescribe effective fitness tests to improve their forecasts of locomotor performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: football; athletic performance; match analysis; sports training; GPS; high-intensity running football; athletic performance; match analysis; sports training; GPS; high-intensity running
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Gonçalves, L.; Clemente, F.M.; Barrera, J.I.; Sarmento, H.; González-Fernández, F.T.; Palucci Vieira, L.H.; Figueiredo, A.J.; Clark, C.C.T.; Carral, J.M.C. Relationships between Fitness Status and Match Running Performance in Adult Women Soccer Players: A Cohort Study. Medicina 2021, 57, 617. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicina57060617

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Gonçalves L, Clemente FM, Barrera JI, Sarmento H, González-Fernández FT, Palucci Vieira LH, Figueiredo AJ, Clark CCT, Carral JMC. Relationships between Fitness Status and Match Running Performance in Adult Women Soccer Players: A Cohort Study. Medicina. 2021; 57(6):617. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicina57060617

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Gonçalves, Lillian, Filipe M. Clemente, Joel I. Barrera, Hugo Sarmento, Francisco T. González-Fernández, Luiz H. Palucci Vieira, António J. Figueiredo, Cain C.T. Clark, and J. M.C. Carral 2021. "Relationships between Fitness Status and Match Running Performance in Adult Women Soccer Players: A Cohort Study" Medicina 57, no. 6: 617. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/medicina57060617

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