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Purpose This study aimed to investigate the effect of speed endurance training on aerobic and anaerobic capacity in male collegiate football players
Method Thirty-two male football players, aged between 18-22 years, from Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University were recruited and voluntarily participated in this study. The participants, matched by their maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), were randomly assigned into 2 groups (n=16/each group). In the experimental group, the participants underwent speed endurance training program, consisted of 6 sets of a 20 meters run forward and backward with a maximum speed for 30 seconds interspersed by 180 seconds of recovery, twice a week for 6 weeks in addition to their normal training, while the control group performed a normal training program only. Before and after 6-week of training, the Yo-YoIR1 test, repeated sprint ability (RAST) test, and blood lactate concentration were determined. Data were analyzed using dependent and independent samples t-test to determine the statistical significance level at p- value <.05.
Results: Before the experiment, the mean age, height, body weight and VO2max did not differ (p>.05) between two groups. After 6 weeks of training, the experimental group showed significant higher (p<.05) in the distanced covered by Yo-YoIR1 test and tolerance to fatigue, as measured by fatigue index, during RAST test compared to prior training and control group. Blood lactate concentration at immediately post-exercise was also lower (p<.05) in the experiment group than in the control group after 6-week of training.
Conclusion: An additional of 6-week of speed endurance training to normal training, twice a week, is more effective for improving both aerobic and anaerobic capacity in male college football players when compared to normal training only. therefore, speed endurance training, can be used as a supplemented exercise for enhancing physical performance in collegiate football players.
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