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© 2016 Human Kinetics, Inc.The ability to repeatedly perform sprints has traditionally been viewed as a key performance measure in team sports, and the relationship between repeated-sprint ability (RSA) and performance has been explored extensively. However, when reviewing the repeated-sprint profile of team-sports match play it appears that the occurrence of repeated-sprint bouts is sparse, indicating that RSA is not as important to performance as commonly believed. Repeated sprints are, however, a potent and time-efficient training strategy, effective in developing acceleration, speed, explosive leg power, aerobic power, and high-intensity-running performance - all of which are crucial to team-sport performance. As such, we propose that repeated-sprint exercise in team sports should be viewed as an independent variable (eg, a means of developing fitness) as opposed to a dependent variable (eg, a means of assessing fitness/performance).
Author(s): Taylor JM, Macpherson TW, Spears IR, Weston M
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Print publication date: 01/07/2016
Acceptance date: 02/04/2016
ISSN (print): 1555-0265
ISSN (electronic): 1555-0273
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers Inc.
PubMed id: 27197118