Journal of Athletic EnhancementISSN: 2324-9080

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Research Article, J Athl Enhancement Vol: 1 Issue: 2

Within-Season Variation of Fitness in Elite Youth Female Soccer Players

Jonathan M Taylor, Matthew D Portas, Matthew D Wright, Christopher Hurst and Matthew Weston*
Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, School of Social Sciences and Law, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK
Corresponding author : Dr. Matthew Weston
Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, School of Social Sciences and Law, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA, United Kingdom
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Received: September 14, 2012 Accepted: October 18, 2012 Published: October 22, 2012
Citation: Taylor JM, Portas MD, Wright MD, Hurst C, Weston M (2012) Within-Season Variation of Fitness in Elite Youth Female Soccer Players. J Athl Enhancement 1:2. doi:10.4172/2324-9080.1000102

Abstract

Within-Season Variation of Fitness in Elite Youth Female Soccer Players

The within-season variation in fitness measures of elite youth female soccer players (<18 years of age) has not been investigated previously. Further knowledge of this area could allow more effective periodization of training, whilst also enabling coaches to design appropriate long-term athlete development models. This study investigated the within-season variation of fitness test performance in elite youth female soccer players. In elite youth female soccer players, acceleration, sprint and CoD performance decreased over the course of a season, whilst RSA performance improved in U13 players. Coaches should consider the impact of physiological preparation on performance when working with youth female soccer players, implementing training interventions and recovery strategies accordingly to prevent reduced performance capacity during competition.

Keywords: Within-season variation; Youth soccer; Fitness testing; Women�s soccer

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