Improvement of Repeated Sprint Ability for a male amateur football team through the Cometti concatenations method
This study aimed to examine the improvement of the Repeat Sprints Ability (RSA), during a competitive season in amateur football players (Italian 4th Division, 2019-2020) through the use of the Cometti concatenations method. Twenty (n=20) amateur footballers, participated in this study (age: 23 ± 0.3; height: 184.4±5.5; body weight: 80.92±3.4; training experience: 8 ± 0.3 yrs), without goalkeepers. In the pre-season (4 weeks, from July to August), the players performed Capanna test, to evaluate the RSA before the start of the season. Every player has been analysed with a K-GPS Live device 50Hz (K-Sport Universal STATS, Italy). After 12 weeks of training (in-season), based on specific workouts of Cometti method, the same players repeated Capanna test to check performance improvements and verify whether the training programme is effective. After 12 weeks of training, the difference between the first trial (pre-season) and the second one (in-season) is statistically significant (p<0.05). The results obtained, suggested that the strength work was optimized as well as work times, and the RSA was improved. In addition, thanks to better physical shape, which resulted in better performances of individual players, the team in the last period of the championship achieved more positive results in the matches played.