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The Work-Rate of Elite Hurling Match-Play

Collins, DK, McRobert, A, Morton, JP, O’Sullivan, D and Doran, DA (2017) The Work-Rate of Elite Hurling Match-Play. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. ISSN 1064-8011

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This study describes the global work-rate of elite hurling match-play and the influence which positional difference has on workrate 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 6 1,219 m (95% confidence interval [CI], 7,367–7,866) and 1,134 6 358 m (95% CI, 1,060–1,206), respectively. The maximum speed attained was 29.8 6 2.3 km.h-1 with a mean speed of 6.1 6 1 kmh 21. The second {271 6 107 m (p = 0.001; effect size [ES] = 0.25)}, third (278 6 118 m [p = 0.001; ES = 0.21]), and fourth quarter (255 6 108 m [p = 0.001; ES = 0.31]) high-speed running distance differed significantly from that of the first quarter (330 6 120 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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a non-final version of an article published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000001822
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: National Strength and Conditioning Association
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 10:40
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 11:40
DOI or ID number: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001822
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6310
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