Objective To describe the anthropometric and physical fitness profiles of elite soccer players acting in the United Arab Emirates. Method Twenty seven elite soccer players acting in the United Arab Emirates were underwent to an anthropometric evaluation, an incremental test in treadmill and performed the Running-Based Anaerobic Test (RAST). Results Body mass index and body fat percentage of the athletes were 23.1 ± 2.0 kg.m<sup>-2</sup> 11.6 ± 2.1 %, respectively. Indirect maximum oxygen uptake (VO<inf>2</inf>max) was 62.3 ± 5.1 ml.kg<sup>-1</sup>.min<sup>-1</sup>, mean velocity at VO<inf>2</inf>max was 17.6 ± 1.5 km.h<sup>-1</sup>, ventilatory threshold (VT) of 13.8 ± 0.8 km.h<sup>-1</sup>, heart rate at VT of 173.1 ± 8.6 b.min<sup>-1</sup>, which represents of 91.2 ± 2.8 % of maximum heart rate. RAST resulted in a maximum absolute power of 551.9 ± 73.0 W, maximum relative power of 7.8 ± 0.4 W.kg<sup>-1</sup>, mean absolute power of 484.0 ± 57.8 W, and mean relative power of 6.8 ± 0.2 W.kg<sup>-1</sup>. Conclusion The anthropometric profile of soccer players that act in the United Arab Emirates is similar to others around the world. However, regarding the physical fitness, results are still inconclusive, since findings from other studies suggest that the anaerobic power of our sample is alike or lower than other elite players throughout the world. Likewise indirect VO <inf>2</inf>max, especially given the acknowledged limitations of obtaining indirectly this variable. In addition, making an analysis by playing position, the results of this study are similar to previous research. © 2014 Centro Andaluz de Medicina del Deporte.
Magalhães Sales, M., Vieira Browne, R. A., Yukio Asano, R., Dos Reis Vieira Olher, R., Vila Nova, J. F., Moraes, & Simões, H. G. (2014). Physical fitness and anthropometric characteristics in professional soccer players of the United Arab Emirates. Revista Andaluza de Medicina Del Deporte, 7(3), 106–110. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1888-7546(14)70071-1