The application of soccer performance testing protocols to the non-elite player

Siegler, J., Robergs, R.A., & Weingart, H. (2006) The application of soccer performance testing protocols to the non-elite player. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 46(1), pp. 44-51.

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  • The application of performance testing for the evaluation of non-elite soccer players has received little attention. The purpose of this investigation was to use tests developed for elite soccer players to evaluate performance in non-elite soccer players and compare performance test results between elite (literature) and non-elite (data) players.


  • Thirteen male soccer players volunteered to participate. The tests included a treadmill V̇O2max test, 20 m sprint, vertical jump (VJ), 30 s Wingate cycle ergometer test, the Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test (LIST), and 2 20-m multi-stage shuttle runs to exhaustion (fatigue test). Actual V̇O2max (absolute and relative) scores were correlated with the estimated V̇O2max scores (fatigue test), 20 m sprint, VJ, and 30 s Wingate using a Pearson's product-moment correlation. A paired t-test was conducted on the fatigue test trials.


  • Non-significant relationships were observed between actual V̇O2max scores and estimated V̇O2max from the fatigue test (absolute and relative terms). Non-significant relationships were also observed between peak and average power output (Wingate), 20 m sprint, and VJ. Mean heart rates (HRs) throughout the LIST was 165±7 bpm, which represented 88% of HRmax.


  • The results of this study demonstrate that to elicit physiological differences between elite and non-elite players, assessment must include both an aerobic and anaerobic component.

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ID Code: 96843
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: cited By 5
Keywords: Soccer * Fitness * Tests * Endurance * Power.
ISSN: 1827-1928
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Edizioni Minerva Medica Mar
Deposited On: 28 Jul 2016 01:01
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2016 03:26

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