The Evolution of Physical and Technical Performance Parameters in the English Premier League

Barnes, Chris, Archer, David, Bush, Michael, Hogg, Robert and Bradley, Paul (2014) The Evolution of Physical and Technical Performance Parameters in the English Premier League. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 35. pp. 1-6. ISSN 0172-4622

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Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine the evolution of physical and technical performances in elite soccer. Design: Retrospective study. Methods: Soccer match performance observations (n=14700) collected using a multiple-camera computerized tracking system over seven seasons and controlled for season, phase of season, position and standard were analysed for emergent trends. Results: Total distance covered during a match was ~2% lower in 2006-07 compared to 2012-13. Across seven seasons, high-intensity running distance increased by ~30% (890±299 vs 1151 ± 337 m, p<0.001; ES: 0.82). The number of high-intensity running actions increased over the same period (118±36 vs 176±46, p<0.001; ES: 1.41). Sprint distance increased by ~35% between 2006-07 and 2012-13 (232±114 m vs 350±139 m, p<0.001; ES: 0.93) with a concomitant increase in the number of sprints (31±14 vs 57±20, p<0.001; ES: 1.46). Mean sprint distance was shorter in 2012-13 compared to 2006-07 (5.9±0.8m vs 6.9±1.3m, p<0.001; ES: 0.91), with the proportion of explosive sprints increasing (34±11 vs 47±9%, p<0.001; ES: 1.31). Players performed ~40% more passes (35±17 vs 25±13, p<0.001; ES: 0.66), with a greater percentage of successful passes in 2012-13 compared to 2006-07 (83±10% vs 76±13%, p<0.001; ES: 0.60). The increased number of short and medium passes followed a similar pattern to total passes (p<0.001; ES>0.6), whereas the number of long passes varied little between seasons (p<0.001; ES: 0.11). Conclusions: The data demonstrate significant evolution of physical and technical parameters in the English Premier League and this information could aid talent identification, training preparation and injury prevention.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Sciences > Sport Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Applied Sciences > Department of Sport and Excercise Sciences
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Depositing User: David Archer
Date Deposited: 06 May 2014 14:34
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 13:43

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