Time - motion analysis of elite field hockey, with special reference to repeated-sprint activity

M.R. Spencer, S. Lawrence, C.L. Rechichi, David Bishop, Brian Dawson, Carmel Goodman

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Limited information exists about the movement patterns of field-hockey players, especially during elite competition. Time-motion analysis was used to document the movement patterns during an international field-hockey game. In addition, the movement patterns of repeated-sprint activity were investigated, as repeated-sprint ability is considered to be an important fitness component of team-sport performance. Fourteen members of the Australian men's field-hockey team (age 26±3 years, body mass 76.7±5.6 kg, O2max 57.9±3.6 ml · kg-1 · min-1; mean±s) were filmed during an international game and their movement patterns were analysed. The majority of the total player game time was spent in the low-intensity motions of walking, jogging and standing (46.5±8.1, 40.5±7.0 and 7.4±0.9%, respectively). In comparison, the proportions of time spent in striding and sprinting were 4.1±1.1 and 1.5±0.6%, respectively. Our criteria for 'repeated-sprint' activity (defined as a minimum of three sprints, with mean recovery duration between sprints of less than 21 s) was met on 17 occasions during the game (total for all players), with a mean 4±1 sprints per bout. On average, 95% of the recovery during the repeated-sprint bouts was of an active nature. In summary, the results suggest that the motion activities of an elite field-hockey competition are similar to those of elite soccer, rugby and Australian Rules football. In addition, the investigation of repeated-sprint activity during competition has provided additional information about the unique physiological demands of elite field-hockey performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)843-850
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume22
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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Spencer, M.R. ; Lawrence, S. ; Rechichi, C.L. ; Bishop, David ; Dawson, Brian ; Goodman, Carmel. / Time - motion analysis of elite field hockey, with special reference to repeated-sprint activity. In: Journal of Sports Sciences. 2004 ; Vol. 22, No. 9. pp. 843-850.
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