Title

Deceleration characteristics of elite Australian male field hockey players during an Olympic tournament

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport

ISSN

1878-1861

Volume

22

Issue

5

First Page

611

Last Page

615

PubMed ID

30538079

Publisher

Elsevier Ltd

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

Comments

Originally published as: Chesher, S. M., Netto, K. J., Appleby, B. B., Jacques, A., & Wild, C. Y. (2019). Deceleration characteristics of elite Australian male field hockey players during an Olympic tournament. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 22(5), 611-615. Original publication available here

Abstract

Design

Descriptive retrospective analysis.

Methods

Global positioning system sensors (MinimaxX S4, Catapult Sports Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Australia; 10 Hz) were worn by 15 male field hockey players during six games of the 2016 Olympic tournament.

Results

There were 8998 individual deceleration efforts (≤−3 ms−2) performed over the tournament with the most intense effort measured at −13.6 ms−2. Deceleration intensity ‘bands’ were calculated using Receiver Operator Characteristic (ROC) curves as low intensity = −3 to −5.99 ms−2; medium intensity = −6 to −8.99 ms−2; high intensity = −9 to −11.99 ms−2; and, very high intensity = −2. There were no significantly different decelerations between field positions but decelerations performed within game period one were more intense than game period two (−0.11 ± 0.01 ms−2, p < 0.001). Deceleration efforts were more frequent in game period one than two [X2(3, N = 8997) = 12.00, p = 0.007].

Conclusions

Decelerations are common in elite field hockey and very high intensities are present. These findings, in conjunction with other metrics can be used as a tool to monitor the load associated with training and match play in field hockey.

DOI

10.1016/j.jsams.2018.11.019

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