Caffeine supplementation does not affect match activities and fatigue resistance during match play in young football players

Svein Arne Pettersen, Peter Krustrup, Mads Bendiksen, Morten Bredsgaard Randers, Joao Brito, Jens Bangsbo, Yun Jin, Magni Mohr

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Abstract

The study examined the effect of caffeine supplementation on match activities and development of fatigue during a football match. In a randomised, double-blind cross-over design, two experimental football games separated by 7 days were organised between the junior teams of two professional football clubs (17.6 ± 1.1 years (±s), 71.7 ± 6.9 kg, 13.9% ± 5.0% body fat). The players ingested either a capsule of 6 mg · kg−1 b.w. caffeine or placebo (dextrose) 65 min prior to the matches. Match activities were assessed using the ZXY match analysis system, and a Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test–level 2 (Yo-Yo IR2) was conducted immediately post-game. Heart rate was monitored throughout the game, and blood samples were obtained at baseline, half-time and after the game. There were no differences between caffeine and placebo regarding total distance covered (10,062 ± 916 vs 9854 ± 901 m), high-intensity running (557 ± 178 vs 642 ± 240 m), sprinting distance (109 ± 58 vs 112 ± 69 m) or acceleration counts (123 ± 31 vs 126 ± 24). In both trials, players displayed lower (P < 0.05) values in total distance and acceleration counts in the last 15 min compared to all other 15-min periods of the matches. Post-game Yo-Yo IR2 performance was not different between game trials (caffeine: 829 ± 322 m; placebo 819 ± 289 m). In conclusion, oral caffeine administration does not appear to have an ergogenic effect in young football players during match play.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1958-1965
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume32
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • intermittent exercise performance
  • ergogenic effect
  • Yo-Yo IR2 test
  • blood lactate
  • match analysis
  • soccer

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