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SANCHEZ-SANCHEZ, Javier et al. Effect of coach motivation in training load and physical performance of small sided games. CPD [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.3, pp.169-176. ISSN 1989-5879.

Small sided games are a training strategy widely used currently. Manipulating their parameters, the coach can achieve different purposes. The aim was to analyze the influence of coach motivation on the intensity of small sided games of 3 vs. 3 and their effect on physical performance in youth male football players (U11). Twelve players made the same game with (JME) and without (JSME) coach motivation. The internal load of each task was quantified by recording heart rate. Before and after small sided games, soccer players perform a speed test (sprint 30-m), explosive strength (triple Hop test) and agility test (Illinois test). Small sided games with coach motivation get a greater mean hear rate, expressed as percentage of HRmax (89.12±4.29% vs. 82.15±3.12%). In addition small sided games with coach motivation significantly decreases performance in sprint test (5.15±0.21s pre-test and 5.43±0.27 s post-test) agility tests (20.25 0.86s pre-test and 21.01±0.99s post-test) and jump test (4.88±0.43 m pre-test and 4.58±0.4 m post-test). Small sided games without coach motivation only significantly decrease performance in sprint test (5.28±0.27s pre-test and 5.51±0.22s post-test). Motivation coach increases intensity in small sided games of 3 vs. 3.

Keywords : Small Sided Games; coach encouragement; hear rate; speed; explosive strength.

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