Alterations in Team Physical Performance and Possession in Elite Gaelic Football Competition
American Journal of Sports Science
Volume 8, Issue 2, June 2020, Pages: 39-48
Received: Jun. 2, 2020;
Accepted: Jun. 18, 2020;
Published: Jul. 13, 2020
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Declan Gamble, Sport Northern Ireland Sports Institute, Ulster University, Newtownabbey, Ireland; School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Niall Moyna, School of Health and Human Performance, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Richard McCann, Sport Northern Ireland Sports Institute, Ulster University, Newtownabbey, Ireland
Damian Martin, Sport Northern Ireland Sports Institute, Ulster University, Newtownabbey, Ireland
Gerard McMahon, School of Sport, Ulster University, Newtownabbey, Ireland
Lee Rooney, School of Sport, Ulster University, Newtownabbey, Ireland
Matt Spencer, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
Johnny Bradley, Centre of Performance Analysis, Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow, Ireland
Andrew McCarren, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
Differences in performance between winning and losing were examined in 1 elite Gaelic football team in 20 games across 2 complete competitive seasons. Possession was codified using Dartfish TeamPro software and distance covered; walking, jogging, running, and running at high and maximum speeds, was evaluated using Catapult OptimEye S5 player tracking devices. Distance covered in low intensity activity (LIA, ˂4.0 m.s-1), high intensity running (HIR, ≥4.0 m•s-1) and very high intensity running (VHIR, ≥5.5 m•s-1) was also examined along with PlayerLoad™, which represented a composite of all accelerations. Data from 53 players (n=405 files) was collated into specific match periods to facilitate a temporal analysis between the first and second halves and from quarter 1 (Q1) to quarter 4 (Q4), with significance accepted at p ≤ 0.05. Total distance and running was higher in games lost, whereas total distance, walking and LIA was higher in halves lost. Only walking was higher in quarters lost. The percentage of possession declined in halves and quarters lost. In games lost, high speed running declined in the second half. From Q1 to Q4; PlayerLoad™, total distance, jogging, high speed running, HIR and VHIR, decreased in all games combined and in games lost. Possession frequency declined in Q4 in all games and in games won. Overall, total distance was higher in games lost and physical performance declines were more pronounced when examined by match quarter compared to half and were only apparent in games lost. Similarly, reductions in possession frequency and percentage were more evident when examined by quarter or period lost, respectively. These findings can inform the prescription of conditioning and field-training strategies to mitigate the reductions in performance observed in losing and towards the end of games.
Alterations in Team Physical Performance and Possession in Elite Gaelic Football Competition, American Journal of Sports Science.
Vol. 8, No. 2,
2020, pp. 39-48.
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