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Relationship Between Physical Capacity and Match Performance in Semiprofessional Australian Rules Football

Piggott, B.G., McGuigan, M.R. and Newton, M.J. (2015) Relationship Between Physical Capacity and Match Performance in Semiprofessional Australian Rules Football. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29 (2). pp. 478-482.

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This study investigated the relationship between physical performance and match performance in Australian Rules Football (ARF). Thirty-six semi-professional ARF players participated in this study. Physical capacity was measured using a 3 km time trial. Match performance was measured throughout the 2013 season via two methods; direct game involvements (DGI) per minute and a recording of coaches' vote post game. The main finding of the study was that 3 km time trial performance was a significant predictor of DGI per minute (p <0.05). In addition, the number of senior games played was also significant in predicting DGI per minute (p <0.05). Furthermore, the number of senior games significantly correlated with coaches' votes (p <0.05). There were no significant relationships between 3 km time trial and coaches' vote. The results highlight the importance of developing physical capacity in the pre-season period; the players who were better performers in the 3 km time trial had a greater number of DGI's per minute. This information is important to consider in pre-season planning to ensure sufficient time is dedicated to developing physical capacity in the training program, as it is directly associated with performance. In addition, this research also highlights the importance of playing experience in relation to team selection. Playing experience, as measured by the number of senior games played, had a significant relationship with both measures of match performance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: NSCA National Strength and Conditioning Association
Copyright: © 2015 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association.
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