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Investigating the Effect of Individual Rotations on the Physical and Physiological Performance in Elite Female Field Hockey Players

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Tallaght Campus, Technological University of Dublin, Tallaght, D24 FKT9 Dublin, Ireland
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Irish Strength Institute, Malahide Rd, Artane, D05 W6P2 Dublin, Ireland
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Hockey Ireland, Richview Newstead Block C, Stillorgan Rd, Belfield, D04 V1W8 Dublin, Ireland
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Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(3), 1022; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11031022
Received: 21 December 2020 / Revised: 14 January 2021 / Accepted: 17 January 2021 / Published: 23 January 2021
To quantify the rotational demands of elite female field hockey with respect to position. Twenty-eight (n = 28) elite international field hockey players were recruited during the 2018–2020 seasons. Players were monitored with GPS technology and heart-rate monitors. Methods: Activity was categorised into total distance (m), relative total distance (m·min−1), high-speed distance (m; 16 km∙h−1), relative high-speed distance (m·min−1), max velocity (km·h−1), and percentage maximal velocity (%Vmax). Physiological demands were assessed via heart rate measures (bpm and % HRmax) and time > 80% heart rate maximum. Results: A single rotation equated to 7 ± 0.8 min. Players covered a mean total distance of was 868 ± 132 m (125.7 ± 5.9 m·min−1) with 140 ± 39 m at high-speed (21.7 ± 3.6 m·min−1). A significant difference was reported for relative total (p ≤ 0.001), and high-speed (p ≤ 0.001), distance across positional. Forwards were reported to cover the most relative total and high-speed distance (d = 1.0) when compared to defenders and midfielders. Conclusion: The study provides normative data for rotational demands of elite female field hockey. Coaches should consider these demands when developing training drills to better optimise the positional physical and physiological demands of competitive match-play. View Full-Text
Keywords: team sport; GPS; intermittent exercise; running performance; high intensity work-rate team sport; GPS; intermittent exercise; running performance; high intensity work-rate
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McGuinness, A.; Kenna, D.; Grainger, A.; Collins, K. Investigating the Effect of Individual Rotations on the Physical and Physiological Performance in Elite Female Field Hockey Players. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 1022. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11031022

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McGuinness A, Kenna D, Grainger A, Collins K. Investigating the Effect of Individual Rotations on the Physical and Physiological Performance in Elite Female Field Hockey Players. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(3):1022. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11031022

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McGuinness, Aideen, Darren Kenna, Adam Grainger, and Kieran Collins. 2021. "Investigating the Effect of Individual Rotations on the Physical and Physiological Performance in Elite Female Field Hockey Players" Applied Sciences 11, no. 3: 1022. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11031022

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