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Assessment of Football Players Aerobic Endurance Using the Footeval Test: A Quasi-experimental Study Design

Individual physical and physiological capabilities in football are key for players to be successful. Measuring and monitoring a player’s physical fitness is important and is achieved by football-specific tests which play a vital role in determining fitness levels for both individual and collective team behavior. The aim of this study was to assess the level of aerobic endurance among elite male football players at different play positions participating in the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ)/Eden University sponsored 2020/2021 National league season. The main instrument of data collection was the Footeval aerobic endurance test (FAET). Data was analyzed descriptively and compared using STATA version 13. One-way analysis of variance ANOVA was used to test the difference between the means of independent groups for independent variables at a statistical significance of 5%. Participants mean (±sd) of age, height, and body mass (BM) were 22.2 (±2) years, 1.70 (±6.62) m and 68.4 (±10.2) kg respectively. Their average physiological parameters were at least; resting heart rate (RHR) 48 b/min, maximum heart rate (MHR) 186 b/min, and maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max) at 61.5 ml/kg/min for the whole population. This study demonstrated that volume of oxygen uptake gradually increased from the baseline to mid and all the way to post-test at different play positions amongst players. Adaptation of the test was therefore recommended for fitness evaluation and future research in aerobic endurance testing with focus on the current establishment of football in Zambia.

Footeval Test, Aerobic Endurance, Football, Fitness, Play Position, Maximum Oxygen Uptake, Body Mass

Leonard Musenga Silungwe, Robinson Mambwe, Loveness Anila Nkhata. (2023). Assessment of Football Players Aerobic Endurance Using the Footeval Test: A Quasi-experimental Study Design. International Journal of Sports Science and Physical Education, 8(2), 15-21.

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