Influence of prior knowledge of exercise duration on pacing strategies during game-based activities

Gabbett, Tim J. and Walker, Ben and Walker, Shane (2015) Influence of prior knowledge of exercise duration on pacing strategies during game-based activities. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 10 (3). pp. 298-304. ISSN 1555-0265

Abstract

Purpose: To investigate the influence of prior knowledge of exercise duration on the pacing strategies employed during game-based activities. Methods: Twelve semiprofessional team-sport athletes (mean ± SD age 22.8 ± 2.1 y) participated in this study. Players performed 3 small-sided games in random order. In one condition (Control), players were informed that they would play the small-sided game for 12 min and then completed the 12-min game. In a 2nd condition (Deception), players were told that they would play the small-sided game for 6 minutes, but after completing the 6-min game, they were asked to complete another 6 min. In a 3rd condition (Unknown), players were not told how long they would be required to play the small-sided game, but the activity was terminated after 12 min. Movement was recorded using a GPS unit sampling at 10 Hz. Post hoc inspection of video footage was undertaken to count the number of possessions and the number and quality of disposals. Results: Higher initial intensities were observed in the Deception (130.6 ± 3.3 m/min) and Unknown (129.3 ± 2.4 m/min) conditions than the Control condition (123.3 ± 3.4 m/min). Greater amounts of high-speed running occurred during the initial phases of the Deception condition, and more low-speed activity occurred during the Unknown condition. A moderately greater number of total skill involvements occurred in the Unknown condition than the Control condition. Conclusions: These findings suggest that during game-based activities, players alter their pacing strategy based on the anticipated endpoint of the exercise bout.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 03:11
Last Modified: 30 May 2017 03:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: activity profiles; anticipation; intermittent exercise; perceived effort; team sport; adult; anticipation, psychological; athletic performance; football; geographic information systems; humans; male; motor skills; perception; physical exertion; running; task performance and analysis; time factors; young adult
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2013-0543
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32288

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