The effect of functional training applied to soccer players on anaerobic performance

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Soccer, functional training, anaerobic performance


Functional movements are a crucial factor for improving athletic competence. In order to sustain activities in daily life and athletic performance, it is vital that the movements performed are economically and health-safe in terms of energy consumption. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of functional training on anaerobic performance in soccer players. A total of 22 healthy male volunteer soccer playing in the U-19 category of a professional soccer players (age, 18.29 ± 0.52 years; height, 175.18 ± 3.12 cm; body weight, 68.84 ± 2.44 kg) participated in this study. The participants were randomly divided into the training group (N=11) and control group (N=11). In the analysis of the data obtained in the study, dependent sample t-test (paired sample t test) for intragroup comparisons and ANOVA and post hoc tests were used for comparisons between groups. Effect sizes were determined using Cohen's d. There were significant increases in intra-group comparisons in all scores in training group. While a significant difference was found only in vertical jump performance in control group, do not found in other parameters. It has been determined that functional training improves anaerobic performance in athletes. It is recommended that trainers include more functional training in their training programs for the optimal performance of their athletes.


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Erol, S., Yapici, A., & Gumusdag, H. (2023). The effect of functional training applied to soccer players on anaerobic performance. Journal of ROL Sport Sciences, 4(1), 128–141.