Int J Sports Med 2020; 41(10): 677-681
DOI: 10.1055/a-1171-1865
Training & Testing

Workload Monitoring in Top-level Soccer Players During Congested Fixture Periods

Antonio Gualtieri
1   Juventus FC, Sports Science, Torino, Italy
Ermanno Rampinini
2   MAPEI Sport Research Centre, Human Performance Laboratory, Varese, Italy
Roberto Sassi
1   Juventus FC, Sports Science, Torino, Italy
Marco Beato
3   School of Health and Sports Sciences, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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This study assessed the internal and external workload of starters and non-starters in a professional top-level soccer team during a congested fixture period. Twenty Serie A soccer players were monitored in this study during two mesocycles of 21 days each. Starters and non-starters were divided based on the match time played in each mesocycle. The following metrics were recorded: exposure time, total distance, relative total distance, high-speed running distance over 20 km·h−1, very high-speed running distance over 25 km·h−1, individual very high-speed distance over 80% of maximum peak speed, and rating of perceived exertion. Differences between starters and non-starters were found for: exposure time (effect size=large to very large), rating of perceived exertion (large to very large), total distance (large to very large), and individual very high-speed distance over 80% of maximum peak speed (moderate to large). Furthermore, differences for relative total distance, high-speed running distance over 20 km·h−1 and very high-speed running distance over 25 km·h−1 were small to moderate, but not significant. This study reports that during congested fixture periods, starters had higher exposure time, rating of perceived exertion, total distance, and individual very high-speed distance over 80% of maximum peak speed than non-starters.

Publication History

Received: 31 January 2020

Accepted: 21 April 2020

Article published online:
26 May 2020

© Georg Thieme Verlag KG
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