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Title: Recreational basketball small-sided games elicit high-intensity exercise with low perceptual demand
Authors: Stojanovic, Emilija
Stojiljković N.
Stanković R.
Scanlan, Aaron
Dalbo, Vincent
Milanovic Z.
Issue Date: 2021
Abstract: Stojanović, E, Stojiljković, N, Stanković, R, Scanlan, AT, Dalbo, VJ, and Milanović, Z. Recreational basketball small-sided games elicit high-intensity exercise with low perceptual demand. J Strength Cond Res 35(11): 3151–3157, 2021—The purpose of this study was to describe and compare the internal and external load imposed on players during 1-a-side, 2-a-side, and 3-a-side recreational basketball small-sided games (SSGs). Twelve recreationally active, male college students were monitored across 10 minutes of 1-a-side, 2-a-side, and 3-a-side basketball SSG. Internal load variables included continuous measurement of heart rate (HR) responses, as well as rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and blood lactate concentration (BLa), after each game. External load variables included measurement of the total distance covered as well as the frequency of accelerations and decelerations. Blood lactate concentration and RPE were moderately (p, 0.05) greater in 1-a-side SSG than 3-a-side SSG. Total accelerations and decelerations were higher in 1-a-side and 2-a-side SSG compared with 3-a-side SSG (p, 0.05, moderate-large). All SSG formats resulted in players spending more time (p, 0.05, moderate-large) at higher HR intensities (81–100% HRmax) than lower intensities (#80% HRmax). Furthermore, players covered greater distances (p, 0.05, large-very large) at lower intensities (0–12 km·h21) and completed more accelerations and decelerations (p, 0.05, large-very large) at lower intensities (,2 m·s22) than at higher intensities across SSG formats. Basketball SSG consisting of 1–3 players elicits an intermittent activity profile, promoting the extensive utilization of anaerobic and aerobic metabolism pathways, which potentially can lead to marked improvements in cardiovascular and musculoskeletal fitness in the general population when administered in recreational settings. Moreover, recreational basketball SSG with only 1 player per team elicits higher BLa, RPE, distances covered at low speeds as well as acceleration and deceleration volumes than SSG with 3 players per team.
Type: article
DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003306
ISSN: 1064-8011
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-85122044036
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