Strength and endurance in elite football players

Helgerud, J., Rodas, G., Kemi, O.J. and Hoff, J. (2011) Strength and endurance in elite football players. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 32(9), pp. 677-682. (doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1275742)

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We aimed to improve the physical capacity of a top-level elite football team during its pre-season by implementing a maximal strength and high-intensity endurance training program. 21 first league elite football players (20-31 yrs, height 171-194 cm, mass 58.8-88.1 kg) having recently participated in the UEFA Champions' League, took part in the study. Aerobic interval-training at 90-95% of maximal heart rate and half-squats strength training with maximum loads in 4 repetitions ×4 sets were performed concurrently twice a week for 8 weeks. The players were not familiar with maximal strength training as part of their regular program. Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) increased 8.6% (1.7-16.6) (p<0.001), from 60.5 (51.7-67.1) to 65.7 (58.0-74.5) mL · kg−1 · min−1 whereas half-squat one repetition maximum increased 51.7% (13.3-135.3) (p<0.001), from 116 (85-150) to 176 (160-210) kg. The 10-m sprint time also improved by 0.06 s (0.02-0.16) (p<0.001); while counter movement jump improved 3.0 cm (0.1-6.2) (p<0.001), following the training program. The concurrent strength and endurance training program together with regular football training resulted in considerable improvement of the players' physical capacity and so may be successfully introduced to elite football players.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:1RM, sprint performance, counter movement jump, VO2max, running economy, Champions League
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kemi, Dr Ole
Authors: Helgerud, J., Rodas, G., Kemi, O.J., and Hoff, J.
Subjects:R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
Journal Name:International Journal of Sports Medicine
Publisher:Georg Thieme Verlag
ISSN (Online):1439-3964
Published Online:10 May 2011
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