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Influence of Amputation on Match Performance in Amputee Soccer

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<p>Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of amputation on match performance in amputee soccer by comparing amputee and non-disabled soccer players.</p><p>Methods: We recruited 12 Japanese amputee soccer players and 12 Japanese non-disabled university soccer players in this study. Match performance data were collected across five matches. Total distance and high-intensity running (HIR: ≥13 km・h -1) were collected using global positioning systems technology. Heart rate (HR) was recorded using short-range radio telemetry. In addition, ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) were assessed immediately after the first and second halves of match play using the Borg RPE scale.</p><p>Results: The HR response and RPE were significantly different between the amputation group and non-disabled group (p<0.01). The mean HR, mean %HRmax, and RPE were 176.8±7.9 beats・min -1, 96.3±4.6%, and 15.8±1.3, respectively, in the amputation group and 144.4±15.6 beats・min -1, 72.2±7.8%, and 13.4±2.0, respectively, in the non-disabled group.</p><p>Conclusion: Results of this study indicate that HR response and RPE are affected by amputation. These findings would indicate that the energy cost of physical activities is higher in the amputation group than in the non-disabled group.</p>

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