Relative match intensities at high altitude in highly-trained young soccer players (ISA3600)

Martin Buchheit, Kristal Hammond, Pitre C. Bourdon, Ben M. Simpson, Laura GARVICAN, Walter F. Schmidt, Christopher Gore, R Aughey

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    Abstract

    To compare relative match intensities of sea-level versus high-altitude native soccer players during a 2-week camp at 3600 m, data from 7 sea-level (Australian U17 National team, AUS) and 6 high-altitude (a Bolivian U18 team, BOL) native soccer players were analysed. Two matches were played at sea-level and three at 3600 m on Days 1, 6 and 13. The Yo-Yo Intermittent recovery test (vYo-YoIR1) was performed at sea-level, and on Days 3 and 10. Match activity profiles were measured via 10-Hz GPS. Distance covered >14.4 km.h-1 (D>14.4 km?h-1) and >80% of vYo-YoIR1 (D>80%vYo-YoIR1) were examined. Upon arrival at altitude, there was a greater decrement in vYo-YoIR1 (Cohen?s d +1.0, 90%CL ? 0.8) and D>14.4 km?h-1 (+0.5 ? 0.8) in AUS. D>14.4 km.h-1was similarly reduced relative to vYo-YoIR1 in both groups, so that D>80%vYo-YoIR1 remained similarly unchanged (-0.1 ? 0.8). Throughout the altitude sojourn, vYo-YoIR1 and D>14.4 km?h-1 increased in parallel in AUS, so that D>80%vYo-YoIR1 remained stable in AUS (+6.0%/match, 90%CL ? 6.7); conversely D>80%vYo-YoIR1 decreased largely in BOL (-12.2%/match ? 6.2). In sea-level natives competing at high-altitude, changes in match running performance likely follow those in high-intensity running performance. Bolivian data confirm that increases in `fitness? do not necessarily translate into greater match running performance, but rather in reduced relative exercise intensity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)98-102
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Sports Science and Medicine
    Volume14
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Buchheit, M., Hammond, K., Bourdon, P. C., Simpson, B. M., GARVICAN, L., Schmidt, W. F., ... Aughey, R. (2015). Relative match intensities at high altitude in highly-trained young soccer players (ISA3600). Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 14(1), 98-102.