Moderate running and plyometric training during off-season did not show a significant difference on soccer-related high-intensity performances compared with no-training controls

J Strength Cond Res. 2012 Dec;26(12):3392-7. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182474356.


Several investigators have reported the effects of reduced training and interrupted training on athletic performance, but few reports are available for soccer players. The purpose of this study was to examine, using the Yo-Yo intermittent recovery level 2 (YoYoIR2) test and sprint performance, the effects on soccer players of a reduced training program consisting of either moderate running training, plyometric training. After the completion of a competitive season, 29 male soccer players were divided into 3 groups: the running group (n = 13), the plyometric group (n = 11), and the control group (n = 5). Both training groups completed either running or plyometric training sessions 2 d·wk(-1) for 3 weeks, whereas the control group was not allowed to perform any training. The subjects performed YoYoIR2 and 20-m sprint tests before (pre) and after (post) the experimental period. Neither training group showed any significant training effects on the YoYoIR2 performance or 20-m sprint times compared with the control group. This study suggests that neither endurance running nor plyometric training 2 d·wk(-1) for 3 weeks has a significant effect on high-intensity performance compared with a nontraining regimen. However, our results do not support complete inactivity. These results may have important implications for the management of training cessation for a few weeks.

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Athletic Performance / physiology*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Physical Education and Training / methods*
  • Physical Endurance / physiology
  • Plyometric Exercise*
  • Running / physiology*
  • Soccer / physiology*
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Young Adult