The aim of this investigation was to profile the physiological, physical and biomechanical responses during walking football. Seventeen male participants (66 ± 6 years) participated. Heart rate (HR), blood lactate, accelerometer variables (biomechanical load [PlayerLoadTM]; changes of direction [CoD]) and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) were measured. Participants mean % of HRmax was 76 ± 6% during the sessions, with RPE across all sessions at 13 ± 2. Blood lactate increased by ~157% from pre- (1.24 ± 0.4 mmol·l-1) to post-session (3.19 ± 1.7 mmol·l-1; p ≤ 0.0005). PlayerLoadTM values of 353 ± 67 a.u were observed, as well as ~100 CoD per session. In conclusion, walking football is a moderate-to-vigorous intensity activity. The longitudinal health benefits of walking football remain to be elucidated, particularly on bone health, cardiovascular fitness, and social and mental wellbeing.
- Department of Allied Health Professions, Sport and Exercise - Senior Lecturer in Sport Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
- School of Human and Health Sciences
- Centre for Applied Research in Health - Member
Harper, L. D., Field, A., Corr, L. D., & Naughton, R. J. (2020). The Physiological, Physical, and Biomechanical Demands of Walking Football: Implications for Exercise Prescription and Future Research in Older Adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 28(3), 478–488. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2019-0330