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.
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