Physical Demands of Elite Women's Ultimate Frisbee Between Halves and Across Matches in an International Tournament

Jodie A. Palmer, Grant Landers, Alec Buttfield, Ted Polglaze

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ABSTRACT: Palmer, JA, Landers, G, Buttfield, A, and Polglaze, T. Physical demands of elite women's Ultimate Frisbee between halves and across matches in an international tournament. J Strength Cond Res 36(3): 838-844, 2022-To quantify the physical match demands of elite women's Ultimate Frisbee across a tournament, elite female Ultimate players (N = 9) from the Australian Under 24 Women's team wore global positioning system units in all 12 matches of the 2018 Under 24 World Championship competition. Temporal, displacement, and energetic parameters were obtained. Distribution of activity above and below a generic speed threshold (12.42 km·h-1) and its equivalent metabolic power value (16.02 W·kg-1) were determined. Players spent 12:44 ± 6:41 min:s on the field, covered 1,559 ± 741 m and expended 8.95 ± 4.21 kJ·kg-1 during a match. The mean stint duration was 2:00 ± 0:48 min:s, mean bench duration was 13:25 ± 7:05 min:s, and work-to-recovery ratio was 0.22 ± 0.11. Players performed 57 ± 27 high-speed runs per match and 45 ± 20 high-accelerations. Mean match speed was 127 ± 18 m·min-1, mean metabolic power was 12.2 ± 1.7 W·kg-1, and mean intermittency index was 1.24 ± 0.04. No differences were found between halves for any parameters. Compared with the first 4 matches, the last 4 matches were shorter and more intense (p < 0.05). At the international level, Ultimate is an intense and highly intermittent sport, characterized by brief playing stints interspersed with long periods of recovery, which allow playing intensity to be maintained throughout a match and elevated in the latter stages of a tournament. The information gained from this research can be used to guide the creation of Ultimate-specific conditioning programs for elite female players.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)838-844
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022


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