The force velocity profile (FvP), which details the capacity to sprint and accelerate, is a determinant of success in soccer. To date, no data exist that details the FvP of male and female collegiate Division I soccer players. Further, there is limited insight on how training interventions may modify the FvP of either males or females. PURPOSE: The aim of this investigation was to compare FvP between collegiate male and female athletes and assess the efficacy of a 12-week sled pull training intervention. METHODS: 17 male (20.17 ± 1.38 yrs) and 12 female (19.75 ± 1.05 yrs) soccer players participated in a 12-week sled pull training intervention. FvP was measured prior, during, and after training using a 30m sprint to assess maximal horizontal force (F0), maximal horizontal speed (V0), and maximal power output (Pmax). RESULTS: The intervention improved 30m sprint times of men by 11.86% (pre: 4.35 ± 0.17s, post: 4.27 ± 0.17, p0 in both men (pre: 7.98 ± 0.36 m/s, post: 8.09 ± 0.35 m/s, p0 or Pmax. CONCLUSION: This is the first study to detail FvP in both male and female collegiate soccer players. A 12-week sled pull training intervention improves 30m sprint times and V0 in both male and female collegiate athletes, but does not improve F0 and Pmax. Thus, the sled pull intervention should be modified or paired with other training that specifically targets force and power development.



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