Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Health and Sport Sciences

Committee Chair

Jones, Nathaniel Brian

Author's Keywords

Soccer; Anaerobic threshold; Aerobic power; Body composition; Anaerobic power; Training


Soccer--Physiological aspects; Sports--Physiological aspects; Physical fitness--Physiological aspects; Aerobic exercises


The aim of this study was to determine if playing 5 soccer matches in 4 weeks after 8 weeks of strength, conditioning and soccer training further improves aerobic and anaerobic performances. Ten college soccer players (20.1 ± 1.2 yr) completed three different training phases. Maximal aerobic testing, skinfold 7-site and counter movement jump (CMJ) were performed at the beginning of the study (Tl), at the end of 8 weeks of training (T2) and at the end of the 13 weeks of the study (T3). Repeated measures ANOVA followed by a Post-Hoc test Least Significant Difference indicated that CMJ increased by 6.8% from T1 to T3 while no further change was noticed in body composition, maximal aerobic power and anaerobic threshold at T3. Along with strength and soccer training, playing 5 soccer matches after 8 weeks of training may play a role in the development of anaerobic power.