An analysis of the specific game demands of Australian football

Ryan Hopkinson

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    [Truncated] Australian football is currently significantly under researched with respect to quantifying the physical and physiological demands that are placed upon players during a game and at training. The purpose of this study was to analyse the specific game requirements of Australian football, in order to provide current information which can be used to develop appropriate training programs to better prepare players to meet the demands of the game. AFL (elite level) players selected from a cross-section of player / positional types (Full Forward / Full Back, Centre Half Forward / Centre Half Back, Midfielders, Small Forward / Small Back and Ruckmen) were analysed for all 'game movements' and 'game activities' performed during two games and two mid­-season, main training sessions.
    The analysis of movement patterns included time and/or number of standing, walking, jogging, fast running, sprinting and lateral movements. Work:Recovery ratios were then calculated from these data. Game activities analysed included number of ball possessions (kicks, marks, handballs), ruck duels, ground ball contests, team involvements (shepherds, bumps, smothers, spoils and tackles), 'going to ground' and 'other' activities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2002

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