Match-play running demands and technical performance among elite Gaelic footballers: does divisional status count?

McGahan, Jason H. and Mangan, Shane and Collins, Kieran and Burns, Con and Gabbett, Tim and O'Neill, Cian O. (2021) Match-play running demands and technical performance among elite Gaelic footballers: does divisional status count? Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 35 (1). pp. 169-175. ISSN 1064-8011

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Abstract

The aim of the current study was to compare positional differences in running demands and technical performance variables among elite Gaelic football teams from separate Divisions. Data were obtained from a Division 1 (26.7 +/- 2.9 years, 179.2 +/- 21.3 cm, 89.9 +/- 21.2 kg) and a Division 3 (25.7 +/- 3.5 years, 183.0 +/- 4.7 cm, 84.4 +/- 6.5 kg) team. Match-play running variables were collected using 4-Hz global positioning system (GPS) units (VX Sport, New-Zealand) (Match data sets; Division 1: n = 107, Division 3: n = 97). Selected variables assessed were high speed running distance (HSR) (>/=17 km.h), number of high-speed efforts (HSE) (>/= 17 km.h), relative high-speed distance (RHSD) (>/= 17 km.h; m.min) and percentage of time at high speed (%HS). Each variable was analysed across the 5 positional groups in Gaelic football (full-back, half-back, midfield, half-forward, full-forward). The same 25 competitive games were analysed using GPS and the Sports Code video analysis system (Sports Code Elite V9, Sportstec, NSW, Australia). Technical performance variables selected for analysis were total kick/hand passes, tackles, shots and percentage of time in possession. HSR running demands were differentiated between the divisions; the Division 3 team demonstrated significantly greater HSR, HSE, RHSD and %HS than the Division 1 team (p <0.05). Positional-specific analysis found that the Division 3 fullback and midfield positional lines had significantly greater HSR, RHSD and %HS than their Division 1 counterparts. The Division 1 team made a greater number of total tackles, with significantly more tackles in the middle third (p <0.05). The Division 3 team performed a significantly greater number of hand passes and unsuccessful shots per game (p <0.01). The results of the present study indicate that overall technical proficiency, rather than high-speed running profiles, differentiate Division 1 and 3 Gaelic football teams.


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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: 07 Dec 2021 00:05
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2022 22:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Running; Gaelic football; GPS; Athletic Performance; Australia; Football; Geographic Information Systems; Humans; New Zealand; Running
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.0000000000002450
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36423

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