Aerobic capacity and need for its assessment amongst athletes: the case Of Kenyatta University soccer players
Njororai, W. W. S.
Kamau, J. W.
Wanderi, P. M.
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This paper is based on a study conducted with the aim of assessing the aerobic capacity levels of the soccer players in Kenyatta University using the Multistage Shuttle Run Test. The sample comprised eighteen soccer male players who were aged between 20- 25 years. The subjects were grouped into defenders (9), midfielders (5), strikers (2) and goalkeepers (2) and then put on the graded exercises using the shuttle run. The predicted aerobic capacity value was read against the number of shuttles a subject completed at a particular level which signified his endurance capacity. Data collected were statistically analysed by use of the dependent 't'-test and results presented with use of tables. The results indicated increased aerobic capacity values of all players between the pre-test and post-test. The results were also a good indicator of how aerobic capacity varies with players' positional roles in the game of soccer justifying the need to departmentalise the training in order for the players to get role specific aerobic capacity in line with their positional roles and functions on the field of play.