Important is speed in soccer?
Strength and speed characteristics of elite, subelite,
and recreational young soccer player
Med. 2006 Jul-Sep;14 (3):205-14.
Gissis I, Papadopoulos C, Kalapotharakos VI,
Sotiropoulos A, Komsis G, Manolopoulos E.
purpose of the present study was to compare maximal
isometric force, force-time curve characteristics,
pedaling rate, vertical jump, and sprint performance
among young soccer players from different competition
levels. All groups were evaluated for maximal isometric
force, explosive force at 100 msec, peak force relative
to body mass, rate of force development, squat and
drop jump heights, 10 m sprint time, and pedaling
rate. The elite group presented significantly (p
< 0.05) higher maximal isometric force, vertical
jump height, and pedaling rate, and lower 10 meter
sprint time in comparison with the subelite and
recreational groups. No significant differences
were observed in strength and speed characteristics
between the subelite and recreational young soccer
findings of the present study suggest that the
elite young soccer players can be distinguished
from subelite and recreational young soccer players
in strength and speed characteristics.
These strength and speed measures can be
used for strength and speed diagnosis, and for designing
and evaluating training programs. PMID: