Relationship between subjective and external training load variables in youth soccer players

Maughan, P. C., MacFarlane, N. G. and Swinton, P. A. (2021) Relationship between subjective and external training load variables in youth soccer players. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 16(8), pp. 1127-1133. (doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2019-0956) (PMID:33607628)

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Purpose: To quantify and describe relationships between subjective and external measures of training load in professional youth soccer players. Methods: Data from differential ratings of perceived exertion and seven measures of external training load were collected from 20 professional youth soccer players over a 46-week season. Relationships were described by repeated measures correlation, principal component analysis and factor analysis with oblimin rotation. Results: Significant positive (0.44 ≤ r ≤ 0.99; p< 0.001) within-individual correlations were obtained across dRPE and all external training load measures Correlation magnitudes were found to decrease when training load variables were expressed per minute. Principal component analysis provided two components that described 83.3% of variance. The first component, which described 72.9% of variance, was heavily loaded by all measures of training load, whilst the second component which described 10.4% of the variance, appeared to have a split between objective and subjective measures of volume and intensity. Exploratory Factor Analysis identified four theoretical factors with correlations between factors ranging from 0.5 to 0.8 These factors could be theoretically described as; objective volume, subjective volume, objective running and objective high intensity measures. Removing dRPE measures from analysis altered the structure of the model, providing a three factor solution. Conclusions: Differential RPE measures are significantly correlated with a range of external training load measures and with each other. More in-depth analysis showed that dRPE measures were highly related to each other, suggesting that, in this population, they would provide practitioners with similar information. Further analysis provided characteristic groupings of variables.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacFarlane, Professor Niall and Maughan, Patrick
Authors: Maughan, P. C., MacFarlane, N. G., and Swinton, P. A.
Subjects:Q Science > QP Physiology
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Journal Name:International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Publisher:Human Kinetics
ISSN (Online):1555-0273
Published Online:19 February 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Human Kinetics
First Published:First published in International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance 16(8): 1127-1133
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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