Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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Research article
Effect of 8 Weeks Soccer Training on Health and Physical Performance in Untrained Women
Jaelson G. Ortiz1,4, Juliano F. da Silva1, Lorival J. Carminatti1,3, Luiz G.A. Guglielmo1, Fernando Diefenthaeler2, 
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1 Laboratório de Esforço Físico, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil
2 Laboratório de Biomecânica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil
3 Centro de Ciências da Saúde e do Esporte, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil
4 Avaí Futebol Clube, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil

Fernando Diefenthaeler
✉ Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro de Desportos – Laboratório de Biomecânica, Campus Reitor João David Ferreira Lima, Trindade, Florianópolis-SC, Brasil CEP: 88040-900.
Email: fernando.diefenthaeler@ufsc.br
Publish Date
Received: 10-08-2017
Accepted: 02-10-2017
Published (online): 01-03-2018
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ABSTRACT

This study aims to analyze the physiological, neuromuscular, and biochemical responses in untrained women after eight weeks of regular participation in small-sided soccer games compared to aerobic training. Twenty-seven healthy untrained women were divided into two groups [soccer group (SG = 17) and running group (RG = 10)]. Both groups trained three times per week for eight weeks. The variables measured in this study were maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), relative velocity at VO2max (vVO2max), peak velocity, relative intensity at lactate threshold (vLT), relative intensity at onset of blood lactate accumulation (vOBLA), peak force, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and cholesterol ratio (LDL/HDL). VO2max, vLT, and vOBLA increased significantly in both groups (12.8 and 16.7%, 11.1 and 15.3%, 11.6 and 19.8%, in SG and RG respectively). However, knee extensors peak isometric strength and triglyceride levels, total cholesterol, LDL, and HDL did not differ after eight weeks of training in both groups. On the other hand, the LDL/HDL ratio significantly reduced in both groups. In conclusion, eight weeks of regular participation in small-sided soccer games was sufficient to increase aerobic performance and promote health benefits related to similar aerobic training in untrained adult women.

Key words: Soccer training, aerobic training, physical fitness, health, aerobic fitness


           Key Points
  • Regular participation in soccer small sided-games increase aerobic performance and promote health benefits related to similar aerobic training in untrained women.
  • 8 weeks soccer training is enough to promote positive physiological and biochemical adaptations in untrained women.
  • Soccer small sided-games have the potential to be more pleasurable and effective among women as other modalities as running and cycling.
 
 
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