Perceptions of well-being and physical performance in English elite youth footballers across a season

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Abstract

The 2011 English Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) stipulates training volumes that could put elite youth players at high risk of non-functional overreaching. The aim of the study was to assess player perceptions of well-being and physical performance to these high training loads. Fourteen academy football players (mean ± SD: age 17 ± 1 years; stature 179 ± 6 cm; body mass 70.8 ± 8.6 kg, at pre-season) completed a perception of well-being questionnaire 1–4 times per week throughout each training block (pre-season, in-season 1, 2, 3). Physical performance tests were carried out at the end of each training block. Increases in training exposure (P <0.05; = 0.52) and moderate to large deteriorations in perceptions of well-being (motivation, sleep quality, recovery, appetite, fatigue, stress, muscle soreness P <0.05; = 0.30–0.53) were evident as the season progressed. A moderate decrease in 30 m sprint performance (P <0.05; = 0.48), a large improvement in Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test performance (P <0.05; = 0.93) and small decreases in countermovement jump (P > 0.05; = 0.18) and arrowhead agility (P <0.05; = 0.24) performance were evident as the season progressed. The present findings show an imbalance between stress and recovery in English elite youth players even when players experience lower training exposure than stipulated by the EPPP.
Publisher Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 18th September 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2015.1081393   

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2106-2115
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume33
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 18th September 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2015.1081393

Keywords

  • elite player performance plan
  • recovery
  • training load

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