Match-play performance comparisons between elite and sub-elite hurling players
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The current study aimed to describe the differences in the external and internal loads between elite and sub-elite male senior hurling match-play and across halves of play.
Global positioning systems (5-Hz) and heart rate (HR) monitors were used to collect data from 24 elite and 24 sub-elite hurling players during 16 games. Data [total distance (TD), distance per speed zone, max speed, number of entries, length of run, and mean HR] were presented per min (relative) for the total game and per half.
Elite players covered a greater relative TD (p < 0.001, ES = 1.85) and TD walking (p < 0.009, ES = 1.21) but covered lower TD running (p < 0.001, ES = 4.00) than sub-elite players. Temporal decreases between halves occurred in relative TD (p = 0.039, ES = 0.36), and the first five speed zones (p < 0.05) for sub-elite players and for distance covered walking (p = 0.001, ES = 0.98), jogging (p < 0.001, ES = 0.77), HSR (p = 0.022, ES = 0.46) and mean number of entries at HSR (p = 0.002, ES = 0.72) at elite level.
Games specific conditioning activities to assist players to repeat the running performances for the duration of the match is significant, especially at a sub-elite level. The current results are the first to highlight the differences in external and internal workloads between sub-elite and elite male senior hurlers and across halves of play.
KeywordsTeam sport Match analysis Performance Heart rate High-speed running Sprint distance
The research was funded by Grants from the French Ministry of National Education, of Research and of Technology (EA3920) and from Tomsk Polytechnic University Competitiveness Enhancement Program Grant, Project № BИУ-ИCГT-108/2017—TPU CEP-HSTI-108/2017
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Conflict of interest
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
This study was approved by the University Franche-Comté and the athletes were informed of the purposes and inherent risks associated with this research.
The athletes provided their written informed consent.
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