An investigation in to the positional running demands of elite Gaelic football players: how competition data can inform training practice

McGahan, Jason and Burns, Con and Lacey, Sean and Gabbett, Tim and O'Neill, Cian (2020) An investigation in to the positional running demands of elite Gaelic football players: how competition data can inform training practice. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 34 (7). pp. 2040-2047. ISSN 1064-8011


Abstract

PURPOSE: This study investigated the positional running demands of elite Gaelic football players during match-play and compared these demands with typical training activities used to prepare players for competition. METHODS: Global positioning system (GPS) data was obtained from thirty elite Gaelic football players (26.9 +/- 3.5 years, 182.8 +/- 6.1 cm, 84.6 +/- 8.1 kg) across a full season (13 competitive games and 78 training sessions). Only players who completed the full match and respective training sessions were included (n = 107 match files and n = 1,603 training files). Data was collected using 4-Hz GPS units (VX Sport, New Zealand). Mean high speed (>/=17 km.h; m/min), mean speed (m/min), percentage at high speed (%) and mean sprint efforts (>/=17 km.h; no./min) were recorded. Running variables were analysed across the 5 outfield positional lines in Gaelic football (full back [FB], half back [HB], midfield [MF], half forward [HF], full forward [FF]). RESULTS: For mean high speed running and mean speed, significant relationships (range r =.811 - .964 & r = .792 - .998 respectively) were found between competition and game-based training for players in the FB, HB, MF and FF lines (p<.05). Analyses of mean sprint efforts and percentage at high speed found positive correlations between competition and training activities across each of the positional lines. CONCLUSION: Appropriately designed training activities can ensure that the position-specific demands of elite Gaelic football competition are met using a game-based training approach. Collectively, these findings demonstrate the value of, and provide support for, the use of a game-based training approach as a method of preparing players for the physical demands of competition in elite Gaelic football.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2021 23:32
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2021 04:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: Running demands; Gaelic football; High speed running; Adult; Athletic Performance; Football; Geographic Information Systems; Humans; Male; Research Design; Running; Young Adult
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000002492
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36421

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