Player load in elite netball: match, training and positional comparisons

Young, Christopher, Gastin, Paul, Sanders, Nick, Mackey, Luke and Dwyer, Daniel 2016, Player load in elite netball: match, training and positional comparisons, International journal of sports physiology and performance, vol. 11, no. 8, pp. 1074-1079, doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0156.

Title Player load in elite netball: match, training and positional comparisons
Author(s) Young, ChristopherORCID iD for Young, Christopher
Gastin, PaulORCID iD for Gastin, Paul
Sanders, Nick
Mackey, Luke
Dwyer, DanielORCID iD for Dwyer, Daniel
Journal name International journal of sports physiology and performance
Volume number 11
Issue number 8
Start page 1074
End page 1079
Total pages 6
Publisher Human Kinetics
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2016-11
ISSN 1555-0273
Keyword(s) load monitoring
playing intensity
intensity zone
Summary PURPOSE: The activity profile of competition and training in elite netball has not been comprehensively reported in the literature. The present study was designed to measure and analyse player load in elite netballers during matches and training sessions. The primary research questions were, how does player load vary between playing positions in a match, and between matches and training sessions? METHODS: Various measures of player load were recorded in twelve elite professional netballers with a mean (±SD) age and height of 26 ± 4.9 years and 183.2 ± 8.7 cm. Player load was assessed using a published method that uses accelerometry. Load was represented as total load in arbitrary units (au), playing intensity (au/min) and relative time spent in each of four playing intensity zones (low, low-moderate, moderate, high). Data from fifteen games and up to seventeen training sessions were analysed for each player. RESULTS: Player load in matches for the goal based positions (GS, GK & GD) tended to be lower than the attacking and wing based positions (GA, WA, WD & C). The difference was largely due to the amount of time spent in the low intensity activity. Playing intensity of matches was greater than training sessions, however the total time spent in moderate to high intensity activities was not practically different. CONCLUSIONS: Accelerometry is a valuable method of measuring player load in netball and the present results provide new information about the activity profile of different playing positions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0156
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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