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Effect of time of day on the offensive capability and aerobic performance in football game

Zghibi, Makrem, Mzid Abdelmalek, Salma, Sahli, Hajer, Ben Khlifa, Wissam, Selmi, Okba
Biological rhythm research 2019 v.50 no.3 pp. 346-354
diurnal variation, games, models, temperature
The purpose of this study was to examine the time-of-day effects on the offensive capability and aerobic performance in football game in young subjects. In a randomized order, participants realized the Yo–Yo intermittent recovery test in two test sessions and a football game situations (two 15-min games), interspersed by a verbalization sequence (3 min) at 08:00 and 17:00 h on separate days. A recovery period of 24 h was permitted between two consecutive test sessions. The results revealed diurnal variations on the maximal aerobic velocity during the Yo–Yo test (MAV) and the oral temperature with higher values in the afternoon than morning (p < 0.05). Concerning offensive capability, the numbers of scored goals were significantly higher at 17:00 h in comparison with 08:00 h (p < 0.05). However, there was no significant difference between 08:00 and 17:00 h for the kicked balls (shooting parameter). In conclusion, our findings suggest that performance was improved in the evening and the parameters (shooting and Scored goals) can be used as a model to describe the offensive capacity in football game depending on the time of day.