Reliability of a repeated-sprint test for field-hockey

M. Spencer, M. Fitzsimons, Brian Dawson, David Bishop, Carmel Goodman

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The purpose of this study was to assess the reliability of a repeated-sprint test, specifically designed for field-hockey, as it was based directly on the time-motion analysis of elite level competition. The test consisted of 6 x 30-m over-ground sprints departing on 25s, with an active recovery (similar to 3.1-3.3ms(-1)) between sprints. Ten highly trained, mate, field-hockey players (mean +/- S.D.: age, 23 +/- 3 years; body mass, 78.1 +/- 7.1 kg) participated in this study. Following familiarisation, the subjects performed the repeated-sprint test on two occasions, 7 days apart. The reliability of the test variables was assessed by the typical error of measurement (TE). The total sprint time was very reliable (T-1: 26.79 +/- 0.76s versus T-2: 26.83 +/- 0.74 s), as the TE was 0.7% (95% CL, 0.5-1.2%). However, the percent sprint decrement was less reliable (T-1: 5.6 +/- 0.9% versus T-2: 5.8 +/- 1.0%), with the TE being 14.9% (95% CL, 10.8-31.3%). In summary, it is suggested that this field-hockey-specific, repeated-sprint test is very reliable when the results are presented as the total sprint time. (c) 2006 Sports Medicine Australia. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-184
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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