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Quantifying the Training and Match-Play External and Internal Load of Elite Gaelic Football Players

Malone, S, Collins, K, McRobert, A and Doran, D (2021) Quantifying the Training and Match-Play External and Internal Load of Elite Gaelic Football Players. Applied Sciences, 11 (4). ISSN 2076-3417

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The current investigation quantified the training and match-play load of elite Gaelic football players across a two-season period using global positioning system technology (GPS), rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and sessional rating of perceived exertion (sRPE). Total weekly workload variables were collected across GPS, RPE, and sRPE across thirty-six elite Gaelic footballers (mean ± SD, age: 26 ± 5 years; height: 177 ± 8 cm; mass: 81 ± 7 kg) from one elite squad during a two-season observational period. External training load variables included: Total distance (m), High speed running (m; ≥ 17.1 km·h−1), Sprint distance (m; 22 km·h−1), Accelerations (n), Average metabolic power (W·kg−1), High-power distance (m; ≥ 25 W·kg−1). Internal load variables included: sRPE and RPE. Repeated measures ANOVA were used to understand the differences in loading patterns across phases, position, and week types when significant main effects were observed a Tukey’s post hoc test was applied and standardized effect sizes were calculated to understand the practical meaning of these differences. When total weekly loading across phases was considered total load was significantly greater in club 1 and provincial 1 with these phases showing the highest loading for players when compared to all other phases (p ≤ 0.001; ES: 2.95–7.22; very large). Furthermore, in-season 1 was greater for total loading when compared to in-season 2 and both championship phases (p ≤ 0.05; ES: 0.47–0.54; small). Total distance in training was greater during preseason 1 when compared to all other phases of the season (p ≤ 0.001; ES: 2.95–7.22; very large). During the in-season period, training based total distance was higher during provincial 1 when compared to other phases with similar trends across all measures (p ≤ 0.005). Finally, a positional profile for load measures was observed, with weekly context (match or non-match) having an impact on the internal and external loading players experienced across phases. The current data provide useful information for practitioners on the training periodization currently present within the elite Gaelic football training process. Specifically, the data provide positional profiles of loading across weekly and segmented phased of an elite Gaelic football season. These data can increase understanding as to the periods of increased and decreased loading across different phases of an elite Gaelic football season, while providing a framework for future analysis concerning Gaelic football periodization.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chemistry; Chemistry, Multidisciplinary; Engineering; Engineering, Multidisciplinary; GPS; load monitoring; Materials Science; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; periodization; Physical Sciences; Physics; Physics, Applied; positional profile; Science & Technology; team sports; Technology; Science & Technology; Physical Sciences; Technology; Chemistry, Multidisciplinary; Engineering, Multidisciplinary; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; Physics, Applied; Chemistry; Engineering; Materials Science; Physics; positional profile; periodization; load monitoring; team sports; GPS
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: MDPI AG
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 12:00
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2023 12:00
DOI or ID number: 10.3390/app11041756
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/18773
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