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Title: Relationships between Fitness Status and Match Running Performance in Adult Women Soccer Players: A Cohort Study
Authors: Gonçalves, Lillian
Clemente, Filipe Manuel 
Barrera, Joel Ignacio 
Sarmento, Hugo 
González-Fernández, Francisco Tomás
Palucci Vieira, Luiz H.
Figueiredo, António José 
Clark, Cain C. T.
Carral, J. M. Cancela
Keywords: football; athletic performance; match analysis; sports training; GPS; high-intensity running
Issue Date: 13-Jun-2021
Publisher: MDPI AG
Project: UIDB/50008/2020 
São Paulo Research Foundation–FAPESP, under process number [#2018/02965-7] 
Spanish government subproject “Integration ways between qualitative and quantitative data, multiple case development, and synthesis review as the main axis for an innovative future in physical activity and sports research” [PGC2018-098742-B-C31] (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. Programa Estatal de Generación de Conocimiento y Fortalecimiento Científico y Tecnológico del Sistema I+D+i), which is part of the coordinated project “New approach of research in physical activity and sport from mixed methods perspective” (NARPAS_MM) [SPGC201800X098742CV0] 
Serial title, monograph or event: Medicina (Lithuania)
Volume: 57
Issue: 6
Abstract: Background and Objectives: The aim of this study was twofold: (i) to analyze the relationships between fitness status (repeated-sprint ability (RSA), aerobic performance, vertical height jump, and hip adductor and abductor strength) and match running performance in adult women soccer players and (ii) to explain variations in standardized total distance, HSR, and sprinting distances based on players' fitness status. Materials and Methods: The study followed a cohort design. Twenty-two Portuguese women soccer players competing at the first-league level were monitored for 22 weeks. These players were tested three times during the cohort period. The measured parameters included isometric strength (hip adductor and abductor), vertical jump (squat and countermovement jump), linear sprint (10 and 30 m), change-of-direction (COD), repeated sprints (6 × 35 m), and intermittent endurance (Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test level 1). Data were also collected for several match running performance indicators (total distance covered and distance at different speed zones, accelerations/decelerations, maximum sprinting speed, and number of sprints) in 10 matches during the cohort. Results: Maximal linear sprint bouts presented large to very large correlations with explosive match-play actions (accelerations, decelerations, and sprint occurrences; r = -0.80 to -0.61). In addition, jump modalities and COD ability significantly predicted, respectively, in-game high-intensity accelerations (r = 0.69 to 0.75; R2 = 25%) and decelerations (r = -0.78 to -0.50; R2 = 23-24%). Furthermore, COD had significant explanatory power related to match running performance variance regardless of whether the testing and match performance outcomes were computed a few or several days apart. Conclusion: The present investigation can help conditioning professionals working with senior women soccer players to prescribe effective fitness tests to improve their forecasts of locomotor performance.
ISSN: 1648-9144
DOI: 10.3390/medicina57060617
Rights: openAccess
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