Evaluation of repeated sprint test protocols used in soccer with a global positioning system

Keywords: soccer, repeated sprint ability, performance, internal load, external load


Background and Study Aim. The aim of the research is to evaluate the 7x34.2 m Repeated Straight Sprint Test (RSST) and 7x34.2 m Repeated Change of Direction Sprint Test (RCST), which are used for improvement, measurement, and evaluation of repeated sprint ability, by using Global Positioning System (GPS). Material and Methods. Twenty-two professional soccer players participated in the research voluntarily. Internal and external load data were examined comparatively by using data as before and after the repeated sprint tests. External load data measured by 10 Hz GPS. Results. When the findings of the research are examined, it is seen that values of blood lactate concentrations which are taken after three and five minutes of the RCST are significantly higher than RSST protocol (p < 0.001***, p = 0.042*, respectively). In the study, the value of lactate which is taken five minutes after the RSST was measured as 9.60 ± 2.65 mM, while the value which is taken three minutes after RCST was measured as 9.75 ± 2.51 mM. Nevertheless, whereas there was a difference between the two tests in terms of lactate values, no significant difference was found in terms of perceived exertion. Conclusions. As a conclusion, according to the analyzes made after the RCST and RSST, we can say that the internal and external load performances of the athletes were very different. It has been observed that coaches, athletes, and practitioners can use two different test protocols for different objectives according to the purposes they set.


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Author Biographies

Kaan Kaya, Istanbul Esenyurt University
kaankaya@esenyurt.edu.tr; School of Physical Education and Sports, Istanbul Esenyurt University; Zafer mah. Adile Naşit Blv. No:1, Istanbul, Turkey.
Barış Gürol, Eskisehir Technical University
bgurol@eskisehir.edu.tr; Department of Coaching Education, Eskisehir Technical University, Eskisehir, Turkey


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Kaya K, Gürol B. Evaluation of repeated sprint test protocols used in soccer with a global positioning system. Physical education of students. 2022;26(4):165-72. https://doi.org/10.15561/20755279.2022.0401

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