Heart Rate Response and Match Repeated-Sprint Performance in Chinese Elite Youth Soccer Players

Del P. Wong, Karim Chamari, Anis Chaouachi, Tze Chung Luk, Wing Chung Lau

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The purpose of this study is to investigate the heart rate (HR) repose and repeated-sprint performance throughout the match among Chinese elite youth soccer players. Two elite youth soccer teams each consisted of 11 players participated in the study. The HR measurement and repeated-sprint test were conducted (age: 17.1±0.85, height: 173± 5.2cm; weight: 64.2± 8.1kg). HR was recorded every 5s throughout the match, while repeated-sprint consisted of three 30m sprints separated by a 25s active recovery period that was conducted: 5min before the match (T1), 5min before the end of the first half (T2), 5min before the start of the second half (T3), and 5min before the end of the second half (T4). HR was in the range of 160-169bpm for 25% of total play time, followed by 170-179bpm for 23.6%. HR during the 46-60min was significantly lower than other intervals (P<0.05), and repeated-sprint time at T3 was significantly slower than others. The intensity of the match was lower than those found in European players, indicating the cardiovascular fitness and repeated-sprint performance are needed among the players. High-intensity and low-volume interval training, and re-warm up before the start of second half are suggested in the training program.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-49
Number of pages8
JournalAsian Journal of Physical Education and Recreation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

User-Defined Keywords

  • Football
  • intensity
  • performance
  • Asia
  • 足球
  • 強度
  • 表現
  • 亞洲


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