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Can Amateur Football Help Players Meet the Requirements for a Healthy Lifestyle? A Case Study

Version 1 : Received: 29 December 2016 / Approved: 29 December 2016 / Online: 29 December 2016 (10:33:36 CET)

How to cite: Fernandez-Rio, J.; Antón-Candanedo, A.; García-del Bosque, J. Can Amateur Football Help Players Meet the Requirements for a Healthy Lifestyle? A Case Study. Preprints 2016, 2016120140 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201612.0140.v1). Fernandez-Rio, J.; Antón-Candanedo, A.; García-del Bosque, J. Can Amateur Football Help Players Meet the Requirements for a Healthy Lifestyle? A Case Study. Preprints 2016, 2016120140 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201612.0140.v1).

Abstract

The main goal of the study was to obtain objective measures of the impact of a complete pre-season of amateur football on the players’ physical activity parameters. 17 amateur football players (24.47 ± 4.53 years) enrolled in the same team agreed to participate. They were asked to wear one accelerometer on the right hip during each training practice. Moderate-to-Vigorous physical activity (MVPA), steps and metabolic-equivalent (METs), among other parameters, were obtained and analyzed. Results showed that players spent an average 54.86% of each training session in MVPA levels, for a total of 100.33 minutes every week (3 training sessions per week). Therefore, this group of amateur football players did not meet the requirements to obtain health benefits from their physical activity program: amateur football. This finding could be considered noteworthy because there are thousands of adults worldwide who play amateur football to maintain a healthy lifestyle. They should be aware that their weekly training load is not enough to help them meet the necessary requirements. They either need more practice time (90-minute sessions) or more sessions. The pre-season training program was rated as “somewhat hard” by the participants, and quadriceps and hamstrings were mentioned as the most exerted muscles

Subject Areas

accelerometers; MVPA; health; adults

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