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Strength training in soccer with a specific focus on highly trained players

Overview of attention for article published in Sports Medicine - Open, April 2015
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  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#6 of 306)
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Title
Strength training in soccer with a specific focus on highly trained players
Published in
Sports Medicine - Open, April 2015
DOI 10.1186/s40798-015-0006-z
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Authors

João R Silva, George P Nassis, Antonio Rebelo

Abstract

Data concerning the physical demands of soccer (e.g., activity pattern) suggest that a high level of performance requires well-developed neuromuscular function (NF). Proficient NF may be relevant to maintain and/or increase players' short- (intense periods of soccer-specific activity; accelerations, decelerations, and sprinting) and long-term performance during a match and throughout the season. This review examines the extent to which distinct modes of strength training improve soccer players' performance, as well as the effects of concurrent strength and endurance training on the physical capacity of players. A selection of studies was performed in two screening phases. The first phase consisted of identifying articles through a systematic search using relevant databases, including the US National Library of Medicine (PubMed), MEDLINE, and SportDiscus. Several permutations of keywords were utilized (e.g., soccer; strength; power; muscle function), along with the additional scanning of the reference lists of relevant manuscripts. Given the wide range of this review, additional researchers were included. The second phase involved applying six selection criteria to the articles. After the two selection phases, 24 manuscripts involving a total sample of 523 soccer players were considered. Our analysis suggests that professional players need to significantly increase their strength to obtain slight improvements in certain running-based actions (sprint and change of direction speed). Strength training induces greater performance improvements in jump actions than in running-based activities, and these achievements varied according to the motor task [e.g., greater improvements in acceleration (10 m) than in maximal speed (40 m) running movements and in non-squat jump (SJ) than in SSC-based actions (countermovement jump)]. With regard to the strength/power training methods used by soccer players, high-intensity resistance training seems to be more efficient than moderate-intensity resistance training (hypertrophic). From a training frequency perspective, two weekly sessions of strength training are sufficient to increase a player's force production and muscle power-based actions during pre-season, with one weekly session being adequate to avoid in-season detraining. Nevertheless, to further improve performance during the competitive period, training should incorporate a higher volume of soccer-specific power-based actions that target the neuromuscular system. Combined strength/power training programs involving different movement patterns and an increased focus on soccer-specific power-based actions are preferred over traditional resistance exercises, not only due to their superior efficiency but also due to their ecological value. Strength/power training programs should incorporate a significant number of exercises targeting the efficiency of stretch-shortening-cycle activities and soccer-specific strength-based actions. Manipulation of training surfaces could constitute an important training strategy (e.g., when players are returning from an injury). In addition, given the conditional concurrent nature of the sport, concurrent high-intensity strength and high-intensity endurance training modes (HIT) may enhance a player's overall performance capacity. Our analysis suggests that neuromuscular training improves both physiological and physical measures associated with the high-level performance of soccer players.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Portugal 2 <1%
Austria 1 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Qatar 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Unknown 505 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 126 25%
Student > Master 102 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 47 9%
Researcher 28 5%
Student > Doctoral Student 26 5%
Other 87 17%
Unknown 97 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Sports and Recreations 311 61%
Medicine and Dentistry 29 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 25 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 1%
Social Sciences 6 1%
Other 23 4%
Unknown 112 22%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 179. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 June 2021.
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#136,215
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#6
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#1,884
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