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Structure, Intensity and Player Duels in Under-13 Football Training in Switzerland

Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel, 4051 Basel, Switzerland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(22), 8351; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228351
Received: 24 September 2020 / Revised: 9 November 2020 / Accepted: 10 November 2020 / Published: 11 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Sport and Health)
We evaluated the structure (i.e., the different training parts), contents (i.e., the various activities used), intensity and occurrence of contact situations and headers during training sessions in under-13 football in Switzerland. A total of 242 players from 20 different teams on average aged 11.4 (SD 0.7) years participated. The participants were filmed during a typical training session while they were equipped with a heart rate sensor. The sessions were systematically recorded to allow for detailed analyses. Furthermore, a preliminary and explorative analysis of the influence of the level of play on these results was conducted. The overall findings indicated that training included 33.4% playing forms, 29.5% training forms, 28.4% inactivity time and 8.7% athletics. The highest heart rates were achieved in the playing forms (166 min−1, 83% HRmax) compared to the other two activities (training forms 154 min−1, 77% HRmax; athletics 150 min−1, 75% HRmax). Each player had 12.8 duels and 0.6 headers per training. Overall, most duels were conducted from the anterior direction. Playing forms induce higher cardio-circulatory load as well as a better learning environment. Potentially dangerous situations like contact with other players or headers occurred in a single player on average every six min during a training session. View Full-Text
Keywords: soccer; youth; children; health; training programming soccer; youth; children; health; training programming
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Uebersax, J.; Roth, R.; Bächle, T.; Faude, O. Structure, Intensity and Player Duels in Under-13 Football Training in Switzerland. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8351. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228351

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Uebersax J, Roth R, Bächle T, Faude O. Structure, Intensity and Player Duels in Under-13 Football Training in Switzerland. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(22):8351. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228351

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Uebersax, Jonas, Ralf Roth, Tobias Bächle, and Oliver Faude. 2020. "Structure, Intensity and Player Duels in Under-13 Football Training in Switzerland" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 22: 8351. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228351

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