Comparison between two types of anaerobic speed endurance training in competitive soccer players

Magni Mohr, Peter Krustrup

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The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of additional in-season speed endurance production
versus speed endurance maintenance training regimes on performance in competitive male soccer players. In a
randomised controlled trial 18 male sub-elite players were exposed to additional speed endurance production (SEP) or
speed endurance maintenance (SEM) training (two additional sessions/wk for 4 weeks) during the competitive season.
Players performed the Yo-Yo intermittent recovery level 2 test (YYIR2) and a repeated sprint test (RST) pre- and postintervention. Yo-Yo IR2 performance increased (pwith greater (p=0.03) improvement in SEP. RST performance improved by 2.1 ± 0.3% and 1.3 ± 0.4% in SEP and
SEM, respectively, while the RST fatigue index decreased (4.4 ± 0.8 to 3.4 ± 0.5%; paverage speed during training were higher (pkm·h-1 vs 9.4 ± 0.1 km·h-1). Additional in-season anaerobic speed endurance production and maintenance training
improves high-intensity exercise performance in competitive soccer players with superior effects of speed endurance
production training.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-192
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Human Kinetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2016


  • adaption effects
  • exercise testing
  • gps
  • football


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