The influence of intermittent high-intensity shuttle running and fluid ingestion on the performance of a soccer skill

  • McGregor S
  • Nicholas C
  • Lakomy H
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the effect of intermittent high-intensity shuttle running and fluid ingestion on the performance of a soccer skill. Nine semi-professional soccer players volunteered to participate in the study. Their mean (+/- s(x)) age, body mass and maximal oxygen uptake were 20.2+/-0.4 years, 73.2+/-1.8 kg and 59.1+/-1.3 ml x kg(-1) min(-1) respectively. The players were allocated to two randomly assigned trials: ingesting or abstaining from fluid intake during a 90 min intermittent exercise protocol (Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test: LIST). This test was designed to simulate the minimum physical demands faced by soccer players during a game. Before and immediately after performance of the test, the players completed a soccer skill test and a mental concentration test. Performance of the soccer skill test after the 'no-fluid' trial deteriorated by 5% (P

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  • Fatigue
  • Fluid ingestion
  • Intermittent exercise
  • Soccer skill

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Authors

  • S. J. McGregor

  • C. W. Nicholas

  • H. K.A. Lakomy

  • C. Williams

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