Influence of carbohydrate supplementation on skill performance during a soccer match simulation

Mark Russell, David Benton, Michael Kingsley

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Abstract

Objectives This study investigated the influence of carbohydrate supplementation on skill performance throughout exercise that replicates soccer match-play. Design Experimentation was conducted in a randomised, double-blind and cross-over study design. Methods After familiarization, 15 professional academy soccer players completed a soccer match simulation incorporating passing, dribbling and shooting on two separate occasions. Participants received a 6% carbohydrate–electrolyte solution (CHO) or electrolyte solution (PL). Precision, success rate, ball speed and an overall index (speed-precision-success; SPS) were determined for all skills. Blood samples were taken at rest, immediately before exercise, every 15min during exercise (first half: 15, 30 and 45min; second half: 60, 75 and 90min), and 10min into the half time (half-time). Results Carbohydrate supplementation influenced shooting (time×treatment interaction: p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-354
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

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