Kevin Keegan OBE, Liverpool FC legend, interational footballer, and former manager of the England National Football team visited LJMU as part of the University's Sport Science support for his SOKKA concept.
Kevin's visit featured a demonstration of the SOKKA concept in LJMU's Tom Reilly Building, which included testing energy expenditure through high intensity football-based interactive activties and the impact on heart rate and fitness levels.
The initial testing for SOKKA involved three groups of local football teams including Athletico Woolton Under 8's and two teams from Mossley Hill Football Club Under 12's and Under 15's. The boys underwent a SOKKA protocol compromising of a circuit of 5 SOKKA activities. Each activity lasting for 45 seconds with a 2 minute break inbetween rotation.
Dr David Richardson, Director of the School and Exercise Sciences said; "For us, the results have proven that the boys at all levels reached between 88-93% of their maximum heart rate reserve during the activities. The activities demonstrated that the children achieved a mean Metabolic Equivalent (METs) score of 12.08 (Under 15's) which illustrates significant physiological health benefits during a short period of time. All of the boys thoroughly enjoyed their experience and would love to develop their football and fitness further using SOKKA."