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The Physical and Physiological Demands of Elite International Female Field Hockey Players During Competitive Match-Play

McGuinness, Aideen1; Malone, Shane1,2; Petrakos, George3; Collins, Kieran1

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: July 24, 2017 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - p
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002158
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The aim of the current investigation was to quantify the physical and physiological demands of elite international female field hockey match-play across halves of play. Thirty-eight participants (24 ± 5 years; 173 ± 5 cm; 72 ± 5 kg) took part in nineteen competitive matches during the 2014 – 2015 season. Participants were monitored with GPS technology and heart rate monitors. Players were categorized based on three different playing positions. Activity was categorized into total (m), high-speed running distance (m; >16 km·h-1) and relative distance (m·min-1) due to the use of rolling substitutions. Heart rate was classified based on the percentage of players individual HRpeak determined via a Yo-Yo intermittent recovery level 1 test. Players spent on average 44 ± 7 min in match-play. The total distance covered was 5558 ± 527 m (125 ± 23 m·min-1) with 589 ± 160 m (13 ± 4 m·min-1) completed at high-speed. Defenders covered a greater total distance compared to other positions of play (p ≤ 0.001). Midfield players covered a greater distance at high-speed (p ≤ 0.001) with the forwards having a higher relative distance (p ≤ 0.001). The HRpeak of the players was 199 ± 1 b.min-1 with a mean exercise intensity of 86 ± 7.8 % of HRpeak. The time spent >85% HRpeak decreased significantly across the halves (p = 0.04, η2 = 0.09, Small). Defenders were found to spend more time >85 % HRpeak when compared to forwards (p ≤ 0.001). The current investigation provides normative data that coaches should consider when constructing training regimen.

1Institute of Technology Tallaght, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland.

2The Tom Reilly Building, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, L3 2ET, UK

3Glasgow Warriors, Scotstoun Stadium, 72 Danes Drive, Glasgow G14 9HD, United Kingdom

Corresponding author: Miss Aideen McGuinness c/o Institute of Technology Tallaght, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland Email: mcguinnessaideen@gmail.com Phone: +353831819630

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