Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hit Training for Soccer Players

Effects of 5 Weeks' High-Intensity Interval Training vs. Volume Training in 14-Year-Old Soccer Players

Sperlich, B, De Marées, M, Koehler, K, Linville, J, Holmberg, H-C, and Mester, J.

Effects of 5 weeks' high-intensity interval training vs. volume training in 14-year-old soccer players. J Strength Cond Res 25(5): 1271-1278, 2011-

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) in junior and adult soccer has been shown to improve oxygen uptake (V̇o2) and enhance soccer performance. The main purpose of this study was to examine the short term effects of a 5-week HIIT vs. high-volume training (HVT) program in 14-year-old soccer players regarding the effects on V̇o2max and 1,000-m time (T1000) and on sprinting and jumping performance. In a 5-week period, 19 male soccer players with a mean (SD) age of 13.5 ± 0.4 years performed HIIT at close to ∼90% of maximal heart rate. The HVT intensity was set at 60-75% of maximal heart rate.

V̇o2max increased significantly (7.0%) from pre to post in HIIT but not after HVT. T1000 decreased significantly after HIIT (∼−10 vs. ∼−5 seconds in HVT). Sprint performance increased significantly in both groups from pre to posttesting without any changes in jumping performance.

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