Quantifying volume and high-speed technical actions of professional soccer players using foot-mounted inertial measurement units

Lewis, G ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0189-2744, Towlson, C, Roversi, P, Domogalla, C, Herrington, LC ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4732-1955 and Barrett, S ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6751-9937 2022, 'Quantifying volume and high-speed technical actions of professional soccer players using foot-mounted inertial measurement units' , PLOS ONE, 17 (2) , e0263518.

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Aims: The aims of the study were two-fold: i) examine the validity and reliability of high-speed kicking actions using foot-mounted inertial measurement unit’s (IMU), ii) quantify soccer players within-microcycle and inter-positional differences in both the frequency and speed of technical actions. Methods: During the in-season phase (25 weeks) of the UK domestic season, 21 professional soccer player ball releases, high-speed ball releases and ball release index were analysed. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient and confidence intervals were used to determine the validity between the systems, whilst a general linear mixed model analysis approach was used to establish estimated marginal mean values for total ball releases, high-speed ball releases and ball release index. Results: Good concurrent validity was observed for ball release velocity and high-speed kicks against a high-speed camera (r2- 0.96, CI 0.93–0.98). Ball releases, high-speed ball releases and ball release index all showed main effects for fixture proximity (p>0.001), playing positions (p>0.001) and across different training categories (p>0.001). The greatest high-speed ball releases were observed on a match-day (MD)+1 (17.6 ± 11.9; CI- 16.2 to 19) and MD-2 (16.8 ± 15; CI- 14.9 to 18.7), with MD+1 exhibiting the highest number of ball releases (161.1 ± 51.2; CI- 155.0 to 167.2) and ball release index (145.5 ± 45.2; CI- 140.1 to 150.9) across all fixture proximities. Possessions (0.3 ± 0.9; CI- 0.3 to 0.4) and small-sided games (1.4 ± 1.6; CI- 1.4 to 1.5), had the lowest values for high-speed ball releases with technical (6.1 ± 7.2; CI- 5.7 to 6.6) and tactical (10.0 ± 10.5; CI- 6.9 to 13.1) drills showing the largest high-speed ball releases. Conclusions: The present study provides novel information regarding the quantification of technical actions of professional soccer players. Insights into absolute and relative frequency and intensity of releases in different drill types, provide practitioners with valuable information on technical outputs that can be manipulated during the process of planning training programmes to produce desired outcomes. Both volume and speed of ball release actions should be measured, when monitoring the technical actions in training according to fixture proximity, drill type and player position to permit enhanced training prescription.

Item Type: Article
Contributors: Gonçalves, B (Editor)
Additional Information: ** From PLOS via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for this article: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ **Journal IDs: eissn 1932-6203 **Article IDs: publisher-id: pone-d-21-20861 **History: published_online 03-02-2022; accepted 20-01-2022; collection 2022; submitted 21-07-2021
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: PLOS ONE
Publisher: Public Library of Science
ISSN: 1932-6203
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Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2022 09:48
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:48
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/63045

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