The effects of sprint interval training on performance in team sport athletes: a systematic review
Ó Catháin, Ciarán
Ní Chéilleachair, Niamh
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Sprint interval training (SIT) is a form of high intensity interval training (HIIT) in which intervals are performed in a maximal ‘all out’ fashion for 10 to 30 seconds with 2 to 4 minutes of recovery to ensure each bout is performed maximally . SIT is a practical method of sprint training often used by team sport athletes as it does not require testing prior to prescribing training . Due to its time efficient nature and ability to increase aerobic capacity, SIT is becoming a popular alternative to traditional endurance training among invasion team sport athletes. Aerobic capacity is key for team sport athletes, with a higher maximal oxygen uptake seen as vital for maintaining high intensity efforts without displaying fatigue, enhancing repeated sprint ability and maintaining power outputs and distance covered during match play [3, 4]. No SLR exists that examines the effects of SIT with team sport athletes.
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