Physical match performance of youth football players in relation to physical capacity

  title={Physical match performance of youth football players in relation to physical capacity},
  author={Ant{\'o}nio Rebelo and Jo{\~a}o Brito and Andr{\'e} Seabra and Jos{\'e} Fernando Oliveira and Peter Krustrup},
  journal={European Journal of Sport Science},
  pages={S148 - S156}
Abstract The aims of the study were to (1) analyse the activity profile of youth football players during competitive matches, and (2) examine the relationship between physical match performance and intermittent exercise performance as well as . Thirty youth male football players, aged 14–17 years, carried out a laboratory treadmill test for determination of as well as the Yo-Yo intermittent recovery level 1 (Yo-Yo IR1) and Yo-Yo intermittent endurance level 2 (Yo-Yo IE2) tests. Time–motion… 

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  • 2018
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Intra- and Post-match Time-Course of Indicators Related to Perceived and Performance Fatigability and Recovery in Elite Youth Soccer Players

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Heart Rate Variability and Physical Demands of In-Season Youth Elite Soccer Players

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Physical demands during an elite female soccer game: importance of training status.

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Match running performance and fitness in youth soccer.

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Effects of Intermittent-Endurance Fitness on Match Performance in Young Male Soccer Players

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Relationship Between Endurance Field Tests and Match Performance in Young Soccer Players

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