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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 952350, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/952350
Research Article

Relationship between Repeated Sprint Ability and Aerobic Capacity in Professional Soccer Players

1Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre, Talbot Building, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
2UK Sport Council, 40 Bernard Street, London, UK
3Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Nis, Čarnojevićeva 10a, 18000 Nis, Serbia
4London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London NW4 4BT, UK
5Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
6Ken Blanchard College of Business, Grand Canyon University, AZ 85017, USA
7Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Split, 21000 Split, Croatia
8Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Received 5 July 2013; Accepted 27 July 2013

Academic Editors: C. C. Chase Jr and D. S. Gardner

Copyright © 2013 Rhys M. Jones et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Aim. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between maximal aerobic capacity ( ) and repeated sprint ability (RSA) in a group of professional soccer players. Methods. Forty-one professional soccer players (age  yrs, height  cm, weight  kg) were required to perform tests to assess RSA and on two separate days with at least 48 hr rest between testing sessions. Each player performed a treadmill test to determine their and a test for RSA involving the players completing  m sprints (turn after 20 m) with 20 s active recovery between each sprint. Results. There was a significant negative correlation between body mass normalised and mean sprint time ( ) ( ; ) and total sprint time ( ) ( , ). Conclusion. Results of the current study indicate that is one important factor aiding soccer players in the recovery from repeated sprint type activities.