Sex differences in physical characteristics and match-play demands in adolescent netball: should male and female adolescents co-compete in netball?

Tissera, Kevin M. and Naughton, Geraldine A. and Gabbett, Tim J. and Krause, Lyndon M. and Moresei, Mark P. and Benson, Amanda C. (2019) Sex differences in physical characteristics and match-play demands in adolescent netball: should male and female adolescents co-compete in netball? Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33 (3). pp. 846-856. ISSN 1064-8011


Abstract

Sex differences in physical fitness characteristics and match-play demands in adolescent netball: Should male and female adolescents co-compete in netball? J Strength Cond Res 33(3): 846–856, 2019—Sports participation offers multifaceted benefits, especially during adolescence. However, policies relating to male and female adolescents co-competing in team sports can be prohibitive and lack an evidence base. This study aimed to strengthen evidence on coparticipation of male and female adolescents playing recreational netball. Off-court fitness characteristics (power, speed, agility, and high-speed intermittent running) and match-play performances from global positioning system (GPS) and video analysis were compared in adolescent males (n = 34, mean ± SD, age, 15.2 ± 0.8 years) and females (n = 45, mean ± SD, age, 14.9 ± 0.7 years), with previous recreational netball experience. Independent t-tests showed adolescent men outperforming females in all off-court fitness characteristics (p < 0.001). Two-way analyses of variance explored sex-based interactions in match-play (GPS accelerometer data and notational analyses) and type of competition (mixed-/single-sex formats) in forty-two 7-minute matches. Overall, no differences in match-play performances were found between males and females (p > 0.05). Notational skill-based comparisons showed that male skills were better in mixed- than single-sex matches. Conversely, competition format did not alter skills of females. Despite more netball experience in females and superior off-court fitness characteristics in males, on-court performance differences between males and females were minimal in these recreational adolescent netball players. Coparticipation in netball was not detrimental to the performance of either sex.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (1 Aug 2018 - 31 Mar 2020)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (1 Aug 2018 - 31 Mar 2020)
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2020 05:13
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 23:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: equity; team sport; physical activity; policy
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002947
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36440

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