The Influence of Contextual Factors on Running Performance in Female Australian Football Match-Play

Georgia M. Black, Tim J. Gabbett, Geraldine Naughton, Michael H. Cole, Rich D. Johnston, Brian Dawson

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Black, GM, Gabbett, TJ, Naughton, G, Cole, MH, Johnston, RD, and Dawson, B. The influence of contextual factors on running performance in female Australian football match-play. J Strength Cond Res 33(9): 2488-2495, 2019-Given the recent growth of the professional status among multiple female football codes, the aim of this study is to investigate the effects of contextual factors on activity profiles and pacing strategies in female Australian football (AF) players. Thirty-five female AF players participated in this study. Global positioning system analysis was completed over 1 competitive season. Matches were separated into eight 10-minute periods. Greater distances were covered during the first half irrespective of playing position (effect size [ES] = 0.39-0.50, Likelihood ≥90%). Throughout a number of periods half-backs (defensive players) covered greater distances during losses (ES ≥ 0.74, Likelihood ≥92%) and against top 3 opponents (ES ≥ 1.0, Likelihood ≥97%). Midfielders and half-backs covered greater distances (ES ≥ 0.49, Likelihood ≥89%) in the final match period in winning compared with losing matches. A reduction in player work rate is evident during the second half of matches. The influence of contextual factors varied across positional groups. However, it is clear that coaches could use player rotation both early in the match in an attempt to delay the effect of fatigue and more frequently during the second half to increase running intensity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2488-2495
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Volume33
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019

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