Aerobic fitness ecological validity in elite soccer players: A metabolic power approach

Vincenzo Manzi, Franco Impellizzeri, Carlo Castagna

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Manzi, V, Impellizzeri, F, and Castagna, C. Aerobic fitness ecological validity in elite soccer players: a metabolic power approach. J Strength Cond Res 28(4): 914-919, 2014-The aim of this study was to examine the association between match metabolic power (MP) categories and aerobic fitness in elite-level male soccer players. Seventeen male professional soccer players were tested for Vo2max, maximal aerobic speed (MAS), Vo2 at ventilatory threshold (Vo2VT and %Vo2VT), and speed at a selected blood lactate concentration (4 mmol·L-1, VL4). Aerobic fitness tests were performed at the end of preseason and after 12 and 24 weeks during the championship. Aerobic fitness and MP variables were considered as mean of all seasonal testing and of 16 Championship home matches for all the calculations, respectively. Results showed that Vo2max (from 0.55 to 0.68), MAS (from 0.52 to 0.72), Vo2VT (from 0.72 to 0.83), %Vo 2maxVT (from 0.62 to 0.65), and VL4 (from 0.56 to 0.73) were significantly (p <0.05 to 0.001) large to very large associated with MP variables. These results provide evidence to the ecological validity of aerobic fitness in male professional soccer. Strength and conditioning professionals should consider aerobic fitness in their training program when dealing with professional male soccer players. The MP method resulted an interesting approach for tracking external load in male professional soccer players.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)914-919
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Association football
  • Endurance
  • Intermittent exercise
  • Match analysis
  • Maximal oxygen uptake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Medicine(all)


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