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Coordination of Soccer Players During Preseason Training

Tessitore, Antonio1,2; Perroni, Fabrizio1; Cortis, Cristina1; Meeusen, Romain2; Lupo, Corrado1; Capranica, Laura1

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: November 2011 - Volume 25 - Issue 11 - p 3059-3069
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318212e3e3
Original Research

Tessitore, A, Perroni, F, Cortis, C, Meeusen, R, Lupo, C, and Capranica, L. Coordination of soccer players during preseason training. J Strength Cond Res 25(11): 3059–3069, 2011—This study aimed to verify whether coordination improves as a result of a preseason soccer training. During 5 experimental sessions (days 1, 6, 11, 15, and 19), 16 semiprofessional male soccer players (22.0 ± 3.6 years) were administered 3 specific soccer tests (speed dribbling, shooting a dead ball, and shooting from a pass) and an interlimb coordination test (total duration of a trial: 60 seconds), consisting of isodirectional and nonisodirectional synchronized (1:1 ratio) hand and foot flexions and extensions at an increasing velocity of execution (80, 120, and 180 b·min−1). Furthermore, subjective ratings were monitored to assess the recovery state (RestQ) of the players, their perceived exertion (rating of perceived exertion [RPE]) for the whole body, and the perceived muscle pain (rating of muscle pain [RMP]) for the lower limbs and the internal training load by means of the session-RPE method. The ratios between post and pretraining RPE and RMP increased only during the first 2 experimental sessions and decreased after the second week of the training camp (p = 0.001). The Rest-Q showed increases (p < 0.05) for general stress, conflict/pressure, social recovery, and being in shape dimensions. Conversely, decreases (p < 0.05) were observed for social stress, fatigue, physical complaints dimensions. Throughout the preseason, the players improved their speed dribbling (p = 0.03), Shooting from a Pass (p = 0.02), and interlimb coordination (p < 0.0001) performances. These coordination tests succeeded in discriminating coordination in soccer players and could integrate field test batteries during the whole soccer season, because they were easily and inexpensively administrable by coaches.

1Department of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University of Foro Italico, Rome, Italy; and 2Department of Human Physiology and Sports Medicine, University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium Belgium

Address correspondence to Antonio Tessirore,

The first and second authors equally share the main responsibility for conducting this research work.

© 2011 National Strength and Conditioning Association