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The Demands of a Women’s College Soccer Season

Department of Sport, Exercise, Recreation, and Kinesiology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN 37614, USA
Department of Health Sciences, Armstrong State University, Savannah, GA 31419, USA
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Sports 2018, 6(1), 16;
Received: 31 December 2017 / Revised: 11 February 2018 / Accepted: 14 February 2018 / Published: 23 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Micro and Nano Technologies for Sport)
The purpose of this study was to use GPS, accelerometers, and session rating of perceived exertion (sRPE) to examine the demands of a Division II women’s soccer team. Data was collected on 25 collegiate Division II women’s soccer players over an entire regular season (17 matches and 24 practices). ZephyrTM BioHarnesses (BHs) were used to collect tri-axial acceleration information and GPS derived variables for all matches and practices. Acceleration data was used to calculate Impulse Load, a measure of mechanical load that includes only locomotor related accelerations. GPS was used to quantify total distance and distance in six speed zones. Internal Training Loads were assessed via sRPE. Mean Impulse Load, total distance, and sRPE during match play was 20,120 ± 8609 N·s, 5.48 ± 2.35 km, and 892.50 ± 358.50, respectively. Mean Impulse Load, total distance, and sRPE during practice was 12,410 ± 4067 N·s, 2.95 ± 0.95 km, and 143.30 ± 123.50, respectively. Several very large to nearly perfect correlations were found between Impulse Load and total distance (r = 0.95; p < 0.001), Impulse Load and sRPE (r = 0.84; p < 0.001), and total distance and sRPE (r = 0.82; p < 0.001). This study details the mechanical demands of Division II women’s soccer match play. This study also demonstrates that Impulse Load is a good indicator of total distance. View Full-Text
Keywords: soccer; accelerometer; Impulse Load; GPS; microsensor; Training Load; workload soccer; accelerometer; Impulse Load; GPS; microsensor; Training Load; workload
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Gentles, J.A.; Coniglio, C.L.; Besemer, M.M.; Morgan, J.M.; Mahnken, M.T. The Demands of a Women’s College Soccer Season. Sports 2018, 6, 16.

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