Strength and endurance in elite football players

  • Helgerud J
  • Rodas G
  • Kemi O
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Abstract

We aimed to improve the physical capacity of a top-level elite football team during its pre-season by implementing a maximal strength and high-intensity endurance training program. 21 first league elite football players (20-31 yrs, height 171-194 cm, mass 58.8-88.1 kg) having recently participated in the UEFA Champions' League, took part in the study. Aerobic interval-training at 90-95% of maximal heart rate and half-squats strength training with maximum loads in 4 repetitions×4 sets were performed concurrently twice a week for 8 weeks. The players were not familiar with maximal strength training as part of their regular program. Maximal oxygen uptake ( VO (2max)) increased 8.6% (1.7-16.6) (p

Author-supplied keywords

  • 1RM
  • 2max
  • Champions League
  • VO
  • counter movement jump
  • running economy
  • sprint performance

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Authors

  • Jan Helgerud

  • G Rodas

  • Ole J Kemi

  • Jan Hoff

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