The acceleration and deceleration profiles of elite female soccer players during competitive matches Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The aim of this study was to determine the acceleration (≥2ms-2) and deceleration (≤-2ms-2) profiles of elite female soccer players during competitive matches.Single cohort, observational study.An Optical Player Tracking system was used to determine acceleration (≥2ms-2) and deceleration (≤-2ms-2) variables for twelve elite female players across seven competitive matches.In total, players performed 423 (±126) accelerations and 430 (±125) decelerations per match. It was shown that the number of accelerations (p=0.003-0.034, partial η2=0.229-321) and decelerations (p=0.012-0.031, partial η2=0.233-275) at different intensities (based on the start and final velocity) varied according to player position. Mean and maximum distance per effort was 1-4m and 2-8m, respectively, and differed between each intensity category (p<0.001, partial η2=0.753-0.908). The mean time between efforts was 14s for both accelerations (±5s) and decelerations (±4s) and fluctuated between 15min time periods (p<0.001, partial η2=0.148-0.206).The acceleration and deceleration profiles varied according to player position and time period of the match. The results of this study can be used to design match-specific acceleration and deceleration drills to enhance change of speed ability.

publication date

  • 2017