Physiological characteristics of elite professional soccer teams of different ranking

V. I. Kalapotharakos, N. Strimpakos, I. Vithoulka, C. Karvounidis, K. Diamantopoulos, E. Kapreli

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    Aim. Few studies have examined the role of physiological characteristics of soccer teams in the finishing position in the league. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether there are differences in anthropometric characteristics, endurance, isokinetic peak torque, vertical jump height among professional soccer teams with different rank in the Greek championship. Methods. Three soccer teams that participated in the Greek Championship participated voluntarily in the present study. The B (n=19; 26±4 years; 180±5 cm; 78±4.5 kg) team was among the best three teams of the National Greek league, whereas M (n=15; 24±4 years; 178±4 cm; 74.8±4.2 kg) and L (n=20; 23±3 years; 179±7 cm; 75.3±6.4 kg) teams were in the middle and last of the rank, respectively. All teams were evaluated in body fat (%), peak torque of knee extensors at 1.05 rad/s, running velocity at the lactate threshold (LT) and countermovement jump height. Results. The B team, which was deemed among the best three team of the league, presented significantly (P
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)515-519
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


    • Lactate threshold
    • Peak torque
    • Soccer performance
    • Vertical jump ability


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