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Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research:
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318236d0f0
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Influence of Short vs. Long Repetition Sprint Training on Selected Fitness Components in Young Soccer Players

Meckel, Yoav1; Gefen, Yoni1; Nemet, Dan2; Eliakim, Alon1,2

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Abstract: Meckel, Y, Gefen, Y, Nemet, D, and Eliakim, A. Influence of short vs. long repetition sprint training on selected fitness components in young soccer players. J Strength Cond Res 26(7): 1845–1851, 2012—The aim of this study was to compare the effect of short-sprint repetition and long-sprint repetition training (SST, LST), matched for total distance, on selected fitness components in young soccer players. Thirty young (14–15 years) soccer players were randomly assigned to either the short-sprint training group or long-sprint training group and completed 2 similar sets of fitness tests before and after 7 weeks of training. The 2 training programs consisted of SST (4–6 sets of 4 × 50-m all-out sprint) and LST (4–6 sets of 200-m run at 85% of maximum speed), each performed 3 times a week. Before training, there were no baseline between-group differences in predicted V[Combining Dot Above]O2max, standing long jump, 30-m sprint time, 4 × 10-m shuttle running time, and 250-m running time. Both training programs led to a significant improvement in V[Combining Dot Above]O2max (predicted from the 20-m shuttle run, p < 0.01), with no between-group difference (p = 0.14). Both training programs also led to a significant improvement in the anaerobic fitness variables of 30-m sprint time (p < 0.01), 4 × 10-m shuttle running time (p < 0.01), and 250-m running time (p < 0.01), with no between-group differences. Neither of the training programs had a significant effect on standing long jump (p = 0.21). The study showed that long, near-maximal sprints, and short, all-out sprint training, matched for total distance, are equally effective in enhancing both the aerobic and anaerobic fitness of young soccer players. Therefore, to maintain a player's training interest and enthusiasm, coaches may alternate between these methods during the busy soccer season.

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