The work-rate of elite hurling match-play

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Title translated into German:Die Arbeitsproduktivität in Hurling-Wettspielen der Eliteklasse
Author:Collins, Kieran D.; McRobert, Allistair P.; Morton, James P.; O’Sullivan, Declan; Doran, Dominic A.
Published in:Journal of strength and conditioning research
Published:32 (2018), 3, S. 805-811, Lit.
Format: Publications (Database SPOLIT)
Publication Type: Journal article
Media type: Electronic resource (online) Print resource
ISSN:1064-8011, 1533-4287
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Identification number:PU201803002465

Author's abstract

This study describes the global work-rate of elite hurling match-play and the influence which positional difference has on work-rate is considered. The movement of ninety-four players was recorded using global positioning system, sampling at 4 Hz in a total of 12 games. Data were classified according to the positional line on the field and period of the match. The total and high-speed distance of match-play was 7,617 ± 1,219 m (95% confidence interval [CI], 7,367–7,866) and 1,134 ± 358 m (95% CI, 1,060–1,206), respectively. The maximum speed attained was 29.8 ± 2.3 km•h −1 with a mean speed of 6.1 ± 1 km•h −1 . The second {271 ± 107 m (p = 0.001; effect size [ES] = 0.25)}, third (278 ± 118 m [ p = 0.001; ES = 0.21]), and fourth quarter (255 ± 108 m [ p = 0.001; ES = 0.31]) high-speed running distance differed significantly from that of the first quarter (330 ± 120 m). There was a significant difference in total (p = 0.001; ES = 0.01–0.85), high-speed running (p = 0.001; ES = 0.21–0.76), and sprint (p = 0.013; ES = 0.01–0.39) distance across the positions, with midfielders undertaking the highest volume of work, followed by the half-forward and half-back lines and finally the full-forward and full-back lines. A decrease in high-speed running distance seems to occur through out the game and in particular at the latter stages of each half. Distinct positional work profiles are evident. The present finding provide a context on which training which replicates the work-rate of match-play may be formulated, thus helping to improve the physical preparation of elite players.