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The effects of an increased calorie breakfast consumed prior to simulated match-play in Academy soccer players

Briggs, Marc A, Harper, Liam D., McNamee, Ged, Cockburn, Emma, Rumbold, Penny, Stevenson, Emma and Russell, Mark (2017) The effects of an increased calorie breakfast consumed prior to simulated match-play in Academy soccer players. European Journal of Sport Science. ISSN 1746-1391

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Dietary analysis of Academy soccer players’ highlights that total energy and carbohydrate intakes are less than optimal; especially, on match-days. As UK Academy matches predominantly kick-off at ~11:00 h, breakfast is likely the last pre-exercise meal and thus may provide an intervention opportunity on match-day. Accordingly, the physiological and performance effects of an increased calorie breakfast consumed ~135-min before soccer-specific exercise were investigated. English Premier League Academy soccer players (n=7) repeated a 90-min soccer-match-simulation on two occasions after consumption of habitual (Bhab; ~1100 kJ) or increased (Binc; ~2100 kJ) energy breakfasts standardised for macronutrient contributions (~60% carbohydrates, ~15% proteins and ~25% fats). Countermovement jump height, sprint velocities (15-m and 30-m), 30-m repeated sprint maintenance, gut fullness, abdominal discomfort and soccer dribbling performances were measured. Blood samples were taken at rest, pre-exercise, half-time and every 15-min during exercise. Although dribbling precision (P=0.522; 29.9±5.5 cm) and success (P=0.505; 94±8%) were unchanged throughout all time-points, mean dribbling speed was faster (4.3±5.7%) in Binc relative to Bhab (P=0.023; 2.84 vs 2.75 m·s-1). Greater feelings of gut fullness (67±17%, P=0.001) were observed in Binc without changes in abdominal discomfort (P=0.595). All other physical performance measures and blood lactate and glucose concentrations were comparable between trials (all P>0.05). Findings demonstrate that Academy soccer players were able to increase pre-match energy intake without experiencing abdominal discomfort; thus, likely contributing to the amelioration of energy deficits on match-days. Furthermore, whilst Binc produced limited benefits to physical performance, increased dribbling speed was identified, which may be of benefit to match-play.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Liam Harper
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2017 14:31
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 16:07


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