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A One-Day Field Test Battery for the Assessment of Aerobic Capacity, Anaerobic Capacity, Speed, and Agility of Soccer Players

Walker, Scott; Turner, Anthony MSc, CSCS

Strength & Conditioning Journal: December 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 6 - pp 52-60
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181c22085
Article

THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO PROVIDE THE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROFESSIONAL WITH INFORMATION TO EFFECTIVELY IMPLEMENT A BATTERY OF VALID AND RELIABLE SOCCER-SPECIFIC FIELD TESTS FOR AEROBIC CAPACITY, ANAEROBIC CAPACITY, SPEED, AND AGILITY. INITIALLY, THIS ARTICLE WILL DEAL WITH THE RATIONALE FOR FITNESS TESTING, SPECIFICALLY FIELD TESTING. VARIOUS FIELD TESTS, WHICH ASSESS THE DIFFERENT COMPONENTS OF FITNESS, WILL BE DESCRIBED, COMPARED, AND CONTRASTED. WHAT DATA ARE GENERATED FROM THESE TESTS AND HOW TO ANALYZE THESE DATA WILL BE DISCUSSED. A RATIONALE FOR THE CHOICE OF RECOMMENDED TESTS WILL BE REASONED. AND FINALLY, A TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION WILL BE OUTLINED.

London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom

Scott Walker is managing director and senior strength and conditioning consultant of Optimise Performance and Wellbeing and a master's student at the London Sports Institute, Middlesex University.

Anthony Turner is a strength and conditioning coach and a senior lecturer and program leader for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning at Middlesex University, London, England.

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