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|Title:||Dribbling speed along curved paths predicts attacking performance in match-realistic one vs. one soccer games|
|Author:||Wilson, Robbie S.|
Smith, Nicholas M. A.
Ramos, Solange de Paula
Caetano, Fabio Giuliano
Rinaldo, Marcio Aparecido
Pereira Santiago, Paulo Roberto
Cunha, Sergio Augusto
Moura, Felipe Arruda
|Abstract:||This study assessed whether a new, closed-skill dribbling or sprinting task could predict attacking performance in soccer. Twenty-five male players were recruited from the Londrina Junior Team Football Academy in Brazil and asked to either dribble the ball or sprint through five custom circuits that varied in average curvature (0-1.37 radians.m(-1)). These measures were then validated using a realistic one vs. one competition in which each player acted as attacker or defender in turn (N = 1330 bouts). Sprinting (ICC = 0.96) and dribbling (ICC = 0.97) performances were highly repeatable for individual players. Average dribbling speed decreased non-linearly with increasing circuit curvature (F = 239.5; P < 0.001) from 5.19 +/- 0.11 ms(-1) on the straightest path to 2.13 +/- 0.03 ms(-1) on the curviest. Overall, dribbling but not sprinting performance predicted attacking success in the one vs. one competition, explaining more than 50% of the variation in attacking success alone (r(p) = 0.70; P < 0.001). In conclusion, our new closed-skill dribbling assessment is a valid and reliable protocol to predict a soccer player's success in attacking performance in one vs. one situation, and can be used to identify talented players|
|Editor:||Taylor & Francis|
|Appears in Collections:||FEF - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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