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A Comparison of Anthropometric and Performance Profiles between Elite and Sub-Elite Hurling Players

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Gaelic Sport Research Centre, Department of Science, Technological University Dublin, Tallaght, D24 XE62 Dublin, Ireland
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Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, The Tom Reilly Building, Liverpool L3 3AF, UK
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Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Health Research Institute, University of Limerick, V94 T9PX Limerick, Ireland
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Limerick Institute of Technology, Thurles Campus, Thurles, E41 PC92 Tipperary, Ireland
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Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, Università degli Studi di Milano, 20133 Milan, Italy
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Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(3), 954; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11030954
Received: 24 December 2020 / Revised: 16 January 2021 / Accepted: 19 January 2021 / Published: 21 January 2021
The aim of the current study was to identify the specific differences in anthropometric and performance profiles between elite and sub-elite hurling players with respect to position and level of play. One hundred and thirty-seven (n = 137) hurlers at the elite (n = 61) and sub-elite (n = 76) level completed a series of anthropometric [height, body mass, the sum of seven skinfolds, adipose tissue percentage estimates (%AT), fat-free mass estimations (FFM)) and performance ((countermovement jump height (CMJ), CMJ peak power (CMJ PP), CMJ relative peak power (CMJ RPP), acceleration (5, 10 and 20 m), and yo-yo intermittent recovery test level 1 (Yo-Yo IRT1)) assessments during the “early in-season” phase of the competition. Data were categorized into positions at both levels (full-backs, half-backs, midfielders, half-forwards, full-forwards). Multiple two-way ANOVA’s were performed to determine the effect of two fixed factors (level and position) on several anthropometric and performance variables. Elite level players had a significantly lower sum of seven skinfolds across all positions compared to the sub-elite (η2 = 0.441, large). At half-back, half-forward, and full-forward elite players had significantly lower %AT (η2 = 0.087–0.167, small–medium) and greater FFM (η2 = 0.040–0.065, small). Jump performance assessment showed elite players performed significantly better across all positions for CMJ (η2 = 0.526, large), CMJ PP (η2 = 0.385, large) and CMJ RPP (η2 = 0.520, large). When Yo-Yo IRT1 was considered, elite players completed an increased distance than the sub-elite across all positions (η2 = 0.526, large). The current data are the first to show differences in positional anthropometric and performance profiles between standards of play within hurling. Applied practitioners should consider these normative data when implementing training programs to maximize position-specific preparation for competition. Furthermore, these data could improve the considerations regarding the transitioning of players from the sub-elite to the elite level of play. View Full-Text
Keywords: team sports; playing standards; kinanthropometry; jump performance; intermittent running capacity team sports; playing standards; kinanthropometry; jump performance; intermittent running capacity
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Keane, J.; Malone, S.; Keogh, C.; Young, D.; Coratella, G.; Collins, K. A Comparison of Anthropometric and Performance Profiles between Elite and Sub-Elite Hurling Players. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 954. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11030954

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Keane J, Malone S, Keogh C, Young D, Coratella G, Collins K. A Comparison of Anthropometric and Performance Profiles between Elite and Sub-Elite Hurling Players. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(3):954. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11030954

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Keane, John, Shane Malone, Ciarán Keogh, Damien Young, Giuseppe Coratella, and Kieran Collins. 2021. "A Comparison of Anthropometric and Performance Profiles between Elite and Sub-Elite Hurling Players" Applied Sciences 11, no. 3: 954. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11030954

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