The influence of soccer-specific fatigue on functional stability

Greig, M. and Walker-Johnson, C. (2007) The influence of soccer-specific fatigue on functional stability. Physical Therapy in Sport, 8 (4). pp. 185-190. ISSN 1466-853X DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2007.03.001

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Abstract

Objective To quantify the influence of soccer-specific fatigue on functional stability. Participants and design Ten male semi-professional soccer players completed a 90 min treadmill protocol replicating the activity profile of match-play with a passive 15 min half-time interval. Main outcome measures At 15 min intervals players completed a 30 s single-legged balance task on an unstable platform. Balance performance was quantified as a stability index and the mean deflection of the platform. Results There was no significant (P>0.05) main effect for exercise duration in the stability index, suggesting that balance performance was maintained throughout the simulated match. However, the mean deflection of the platform was significantly (P<0.05) shifted toward anterior displacement during the last 15 min of each half. Conclusion A change in balance strategy was evident during the latter stages of match-play, which may increase injury risk. It is recommended that soccer players perform proprioception training in the rested and exercised state to further develop neuromuscular control.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Sports Science
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 15:11
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/1878

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