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Inspecting the performance responses of neutral players in different small-sided games

Clemente, F.M.C. ; Martins, F. ; Mendes, R. ; Campos, F.

Motriz. Revista de Educacao Fisica Vol. 21, Nº 1, pp. 1 - 18, January, 2015.

ISSN (print): 1415-9805
ISSN (online): 1980-6574

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Abstract
The aim of this study was to inspect the effects of format and task conditions on neutral players’ heart rate responses and time-motion characteristics. Four formats of play using neutral players and three task conditions were inspected. Participated in this study ten male and amateurs soccer players (26.36 ± 5.33 years old, 8 ± 3.2 years of practice, 66.18 ± 10.16 bpm at rest). Was found that format had significant main effects (Pillai’s Trace = 0.458; F(15,18138) = 217.670; p-value = 0.001; 𝜂𝜂𝑝𝑝2 = 0.153; Power = 1.000; moderate effect size) on heart rate responses and time-motion profiles of neutral players. The task conditions had a significant main effects (Pillai’s Trace = 0.228; F(10,12090) = 155.384; p-value = 0.001; 𝜂𝜂𝑝𝑝2= 0.114; Power = 1.000; moderate effect size) on heart rate responses and time-motion profiles of neutral players. Was possible to conclude that biggest formats statistically increases the heart rate responses and time-motion characteristics of neutral players. It was also possible to observe that the mean values of heart rate responses found in neutral players throughout small-sided games are appropriated to very light or recovery workout.
Keywords: Soccer; small-sided games; task conditions; performance; neutral players.