Effects of game weekly frequency on subjective training load, wellness, and injury rate in male elite soccer players
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Original versionSioud, R., Hammami, R., Gene-Morales, J., Juesas, A., Colado, J. C. & van den Tillaar, R. (2022). Effects of game weekly frequency on subjective training load, wellness, and injury rate in male elite soccer players. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(1), Article 579. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20010579
To compare the effects of playing one or two games per week on subjective perceived exertion (RPE) and (RPE-based) training load, monotony index, sleep, stress, fatigue, and muscle soreness (Hooper index), total mood disturbance, and injury rate in elite soccer players. Fourteen males from a first-division soccer club (age: 24.42 ± 4.80 years) competed in two games per week for six weeks and one game per week for twelve weeks (a total of 24 games). Paired t-tests and non-parametric Wilcoxon signed ranks evaluated the significance of the differences (p < 0.05). The main findings were that RPE was significantly larger when playing two games per week compared with one game. However, subject total and mean training load, mood disturbance, monotony, and subjective perception of sleep, stress, fatigue, muscle soreness monitoring (Hooper index), and the number of injuries were not different. The findings suggested that competing in two matches per week does not negatively influence injury rate and players’ perceptions of training load or wellness, even though players perceive two games per week as more physically demanding compared with one game per week.