Individualized Aerobic-Power Training in an Underperforming Youth Elite Association Football Player

in International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
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A 7-week, 10-session individual training program was implemented with a youth elite football (soccer) player who had been underperforming because of poor aerobic fitness. The intervention focused on developing aerobic power and high lactate production and contributed to a 32.3% improvement in a football-specific performance test. The player was able to return to play and exceed expected performance levels during competitive match play.

Mujika is with the Dept of Research and Development, and Santisteban, Angulo, and Padilla, Medical Services, Athletic Club Bilbao, 48196 Lezama (Bizkaia) Spain.

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