Biology of Sport
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vol. 37
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Curve sprinting in soccer: relationship with linear sprints and vertical jump performance

Irineu Loturco
1, 2, 3, 4
Lucas A. Pereira
1, 2
Alberto Fílter
4, 5
Jesús Olivares-Jabalera
Valter P. Reis
Victor Fernandes
Tomás T. Freitas
1, 2, 7
Bernardo Requena

NAR – Nucleus of High Performance in Sport, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Department of Human Movement Sciences, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
University of South Wales, Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom
Football Science Institute
Faculty of Sport, University of Pablo de Olavide (UPO), Seville, Spain
Mixed University Institute of Sport and Health (IMUDS), Granada, Spain
UCAM Research Center for High Performance Sport – Catholic University of Murcia, UCAM, Spain
Biol Sport. 2020;37(3):277–283
Online publish date: 2020/06/16
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ABSTRACT: We examined the relationships among linear speed, vertical jumping ability and curve sprint (CS) performance. Moreover, the correlations between linear and curvilinear sprint velocities and CS deficit were tested. Twenty-eight under-20 soccer players performed squat and countermovement jumps, 17-m linear sprint (with split times at 5 and 10 m), and a CS test for both sides. For the first time, the new proposed CS deficit was calculated as the difference between 17-m velocity and CS test velocity. Pearson’s product moment of correlation was performed to determine the relationships among the distinct variables tested. Significance level was set at P < 0.05. Large to very large relationships between linear sprint speed and CS performance were observed, on both the “good” and “weak” sides. In addition, moderate to large correlations between linear and curve sprint abilities and vertical jumps were found. Finally, the CS deficit was negatively associated with the CS good side performance. Linear sprint and CS velocities for both good and weak sides were closely related. The CS deficit was only related to the CS weak side performance, and the vertical jumping ability was significantly associated with both linear and curvilinear sprint velocities. The present results suggest that training methods capable of improving linear sprint and vertical jumping abilities may also improve CS performance.

Team sport, football, muscle power, physical performance, athletes

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