Intensity of Official Futsal Matches

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INTENSITY

OF

OFFICIAL FUTSAL MATCHES

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VINICIUS M. RODRIGUES,1 GUILHERME P. RAMOS,1 THIAGO T. MENDES,1,2 CHRISTIAN E.T. CABIDO,1 ELINEY S. MELO,1,3 LUCIANO A. CONDESSA,1 DANIEL B. COELHO,1 AND EMERSON S. GARCIA1 1

Laboratory of Exercise Physiology, School of Physical Education, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil; and 2Department of Environmental, Biological and Health Sciences. University Center of Belo Horizonte, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil; and 3Minas To˜nis Club, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

ABSTRACT
Rodrigues, VM, Ramos, GP, Mendes, TT, Cabido, CET, Melo, ES, Condessa, LA, Coelho, DB, and Silami-Garcia, E. Intensity of official futsal matches. J Strength Cond Res 25(9): 2482–2487, 2011—The purpose of this study was to assess the intensity of official Futsal matches, expressed in different ways. Fourteen male professional Futsal players from a First Division Brazilian team volunteered to participate in this study. Maximal oxygen _

uptake (VO2max) and the heart hate (HR) and oxygen uptake
_ O2) correlation were determined for each player. The match (V
intensity was estimated from the players’ average HR measured during 13 National Futsal League matches. The HR measurements were obtained while the players were in the court but the values recorded while the players were sitting on the bench were not considered. In addition, these HR values were used to

estimate the intensity of the effort expressed as a percentage of _
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the maximal HR (%HRmax), percentage of VO2max (%VO2max),
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kilocalories per minute (kcalÁmin ), and total caloric expenditure. The mean intensity of the matches was 86.4 6 3.8%HRmax,
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79.2 6 9.0%VO2max, 18.0 6 2.2 kcalÁmin21, and 313 6 9.3 kcal. It was concluded that official Futsal matches have high intensity when expressed in the different ways used in this study. The information provided by this research can be used for planning the athletes’ workouts, diets, and resting periods.

KEY WORDS heart rate, indoor soccer, energy expenditure

covered in each motor action and places specific physiological requirements upon the players. It is known that exercise intensity is one of the main
components of the training load (17). Several researchers
have investigated the intensity of different sports to verify the physiological requirements to which athletes are subjected
(14,16,18,21,24,25,27). Despite this sport’s popularity and the number of practitioners of all ages, information regarding
the physiological demands during official matches is scarce. Some studies have assessed the intensity of effort during
friendly (27,29), simulated (23,26), or adapted Futsal matches (11). However, only 2 of the previous papers investigated
physiological aspects of this modality as the pattern of
motor actions (4) and the distance covered by each athlete
during official matches (8). Moreover, no reports on energy expenditure for this sport were found in the literature.
Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the intensity and the energy expenditure of official Futsal matches.

METHODS
Experimental Approach to the Problem

The HR of 14 professional Futsal players was monitored
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in 13 official matches and a HR–VO2 regression equation,
_ O2max test values was used to estimate the
derived from a V
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players’ VO2 during the matches (7). The energy cost of
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the matches was later calculated from the VO2 values. Both
_ O2max were also
the % maximal HR (%HRmax) and the %V
calculated using the measured HR during the matches.

INTRODUCTION

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This study has been approved by the Research Ethics
Committee of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
(ETIC protocol no. 448/07) and was conducted under the
rules established by the National Health Council (Resolution 196/96) for research with humans.
Fourteen male professional Futsal players from a First...
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