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A Longitudinal Exploration of Match Running Performance during a Football Match in the Spanish La Liga: A Four-Season Study

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Sports Performance Area, FC Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
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Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
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LaLiga Sport Research Section, 28043 Madrid, Spain
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National Institute of Physical Education of Catalunya, 25192 Lleida, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(3), 1133; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031133
Received: 18 November 2020 / Revised: 20 January 2021 / Accepted: 22 January 2021 / Published: 28 January 2021
This study aimed to analyze and compare the match running performance during official matches across four seasons (2015/2016–2018/2019) in the top two professional leagues of Spanish football. Match running performance data were collected from all matches in the First Spanish Division (Santander; n = 1520) and Second Spanish Division (Smartbank; n = 1848), using the Mediacoach® System. Total distance and distances of 14–21 km·h−1, 21–24 km·h−1, and more than 24 km·h−1, and the number of sprints between 21 and 24 km·h−1 and more than 24 km·h−1 were analyzed. The results showed higher total distances in the First Spanish Division than in the Second Spanish Division (p < 0.001) in all the variables analyzed. Regarding the evolution of both leagues, physical demands decreased more in the First Spanish Division than in the Second Spanish Division. The results showed a decrease in total distance and an increase in the high-intensity distances and number of sprints performed, although a clearer trend is perceived in the First Spanish Division (p < 0.001; p < 0.01, respectively). Knowledge about the evolution of match running performance allows practitioners to manage the training load according to the competition demands to improve players’ performances and reduce the injury rate. View Full-Text
Keywords: longitudinal study; match running performance; professional soccer leagues; sports performance; external load longitudinal study; match running performance; professional soccer leagues; sports performance; external load
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Pons, E.; Ponce-Bordón, J.C.; Díaz-García, J.; López del Campo, R.; Resta, R.; Peirau, X.; García-Calvo, T. A Longitudinal Exploration of Match Running Performance during a Football Match in the Spanish La Liga: A Four-Season Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1133. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031133

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Pons E, Ponce-Bordón JC, Díaz-García J, López del Campo R, Resta R, Peirau X, García-Calvo T. A Longitudinal Exploration of Match Running Performance during a Football Match in the Spanish La Liga: A Four-Season Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(3):1133. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031133

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Pons, Eduard, José C. Ponce-Bordón, Jesús Díaz-García, Roberto López del Campo, Ricardo Resta, Xavier Peirau, and Tomas García-Calvo. 2021. "A Longitudinal Exploration of Match Running Performance during a Football Match in the Spanish La Liga: A Four-Season Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 3: 1133. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031133

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