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Title: The NIE intermittent high-intensity running test: A reliable and valid test for assessment of soccer-specific fitness
Authors: Mukherjee, Swarup
Chia, Michael, 1963-
Keywords: Association Football
Intermittent high-intensity exercise
Repeated sprint ability test
Youth sport
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Mukherjee, S., & Chia, M. (2013). The NIE intermittent high-intensity running test: A reliable and valid test for assessment of soccer-specific fitness. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 8(1), 77-88.
Abstract: The overall activity pattern of soccer is that of intermittent high-intensity (Int-HINT) type and elite players have a greater repeated high-intensity running capability. Since soccer involves rapidly changing work intensities in an unpredictable manner, tests simulating overall activity pattern in a cyclical sequence have limited practical usefulness in testing of soccer fitness. The primary aim of this study was to develop a laboratory-based protocol to specifically assess the Int-HINT running capability in soccer players. University team games athletes (n=8, Mean ± SD; age 22.30 ± 1.65 years, stature 1.73 ± 0.04 m, body mass 69.36 ± 6.04 kg) participated in the reliability study and male youth professional soccer players (n=20, Mean ± SD age, 17.5 ± 0.3 yrs; stature, 1.73 ± 0.04 m; body mass, 67.2 ± 7.5 kg) participated in the validity study. The players performed on the NIE Intermittent High-intensity (NIE Int-HINT) Running Test during the preseason, early in-season and end mid-season phases of the soccer season. Performance was measured as total distance covered on the treadmill. The participants also performed the YoYo Intermittent Recovery Test Level 2 (YoYo IRT L2) during each phase of the competition season. The NIE Int-HINT test was found to be of high reliability (ICC, 0.98; CV, 2.1%; ratio limits of agreement (rLOA) 0.99 ×/÷ 1.03). A positive and significant correlation (p< 0.05) was found between the performance in the NIE Int-HINT test and the YoYo IRT L2 performance (r = 0.68-0.77) during different phases of the soccer season. The NIE Int-HINT test provided a reliable measure of intermittent highintensity running capability and a valid and sensitive method of estimating soccer-specific fitness in youth professional soccer players. Further studies are needed to evaluate the applicability of this test in adult elite soccer players and other intermittent team game athletes.
ISSN: 1747-9541
Other Identifiers: 10.1260/1747-9541.8.1.77
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