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Tests Of Anaerobic Power In Elite Soccer Playersby G.W. Gleim, A. Trachtenberg, F.R. Noyes, J.A. Nicholas.NISMAT, Lenox Hill Hosp., N.Y., N.Y. - last modified 2013-02-09 00:00
Med. Sci. Sports Exerc., Vol. 20(2):s, 1988.


In order to initiate a performance profile we tested 14 members of the 1986 U.S. Pan Am soccer team for lab and field tests of anaerobic power, and related this to a numerical scale of the 2 coaches assessments of power output during game play. Lab tests were a Wingate test (WT) and a treadmill run to exhaustion at 10 mph and 15% grade (TR).

Field tests were a forty yard dash, vertical jump and ziz-zag run in a 3 x 5 meter area (ZZR). WT and TR did not correlate significantly with each other or any field test of anaerobic power. Either peak power output during WT or total time during TR correlated to coaches' assessments of anaerobic power (r = .59, p < .05 and r = .57, p <.05).

The only field test of anaerobic power to correlate significantly with coaches' assessments was the time to complete ZZR (r = -.59, p < .05). Multiple regression of coaches' assessments with WT and ZZR or with TR and ZZR yielded R = .79, p = .004 and R = .77, p = .011, respectively.

Conclusion: WT and TR (lab tests) and ZZR (field test) relate differently to coaches' assessments. Either lab test with ZZR relate better to coaches' assessments than any one test. Therefore, either lab test and ZZR should be included in the performance profile of elite caliber soccer players.