Seasonal Variation of Agility, Speed and Endurance Performance in Young Elite Soccer Players
Michal Dragijsky, Tomas Maly *, Frantisek Zahalka, Egon Kunzmann and Mikulas Hank
Sports 2017, 5, 12
Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate changes in the linear running speed (LRS) for 30 m, change of direction speed (CODS), and endurance in young elite Czech soccer players. The following tests were conducted to assess CODS and endurance: Agility 505 turning toward the dominant (A505DL) and non-dominant lower limb (A505NL); Illinois Agility Test (IAT); and intermittent test (Yo-Yo IRT1). During the soccer season, we investigated performance at the following time periods: the start (t1) and the end of the pre-season period (t2); during (t3) and at the end of the competitive period (t4).
Conclusions: these results show the impact of soccer season time period on young soccer player performance and may further serve as a basis for comparison with similar research conducted by peers. These results may aid sports practice for clinicians, conditioning coaches, soccer coaches and physio-therapeutic coaches.