Physical demands and technical performance in Australian Football League Women's (AFLW) competition match-play

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Clarke, Anthea C., Ryan, Samuel, Couvalias, Georgia, Dascombe, Ben J., Coutts, Aaron J. and Kempton, Thomas. (2018) Physical demands and technical performance in Australian Football League Women's (AFLW) competition match-play. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 21(7), pp. 748 - 752. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2017.11.018
AuthorsClarke, Anthea C., Ryan, Samuel, Couvalias, Georgia, Dascombe, Ben J., Coutts, Aaron J. and Kempton, Thomas
Abstract

Objectives: To compare positional differences in the physical and technical demands of Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) match-play. A secondary aim was to examine the time course changes in activity profiles during AFLW match-play. Design: Longitudinal observational study. Methods: Global positioning system data were collected from 26 players (6 positional groups) from the same club during seven AFLW matches. Absolute and relative physical performance data were categorised into total distance, high-speed running (>14.4 km h−1, HSR), very high-speed running (>18.0 km h−1, VHSR), and sprinting distance (>20.0 km h−1, Sprint). Technical performance data was obtained from a commercial statistics provider. A mixed model analysis was used to examine differences between positional groups and playing quarters. Results: Absolute measures of running performance did not differ between position groups. Relative total distance was moderately greater (ES = ∼0.80, p < 0.05) for midfielders, small backs and small forwards (125–128 m min−1) than tall backs and tall forwards (102–107 m min−1). Relative HSR distance was greater (ES = ∼0.73) for midfielders and small backs (∼28 m min−1) than tall backs (17 m min−1). Analysis of technical performance indicators showed: midfielders and small forwards had the most inside 50s; tall backs had the highest number of rebound 50s; tall forwards scored more goals; while midfielders made more tackles (p < 0.05). All relative running performance measures were reduced in the fourth quarter when compared to the first and second quarters (ES = 0.32–0.77). Conclusions: These data can be used as benchmarks for temporal analysis of AFLW match demands and assist in developing specific training strategies.

KeywordsGPS; time motion analysis; skill performance; team sport; performance analysis
Year2018
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Journal citation21 (7), pp. 748 - 752
PublisherElsevier Australia
ISSN1440-2440
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2017.11.018
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85044631354
Page range748 - 752
Research GroupSports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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