Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine


Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2017) 16, 589 - 594
Research article
Physical, Physiological and Perceptual Match Demands of Amateur Mixed Gender Touch Players
Will Vickery1,, Alice Harkness2

1 Department of Sport, Health and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Northumbria: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
2 Student Support & Administration Division, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Will Vickery
✉ Northumberland Building, Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

01-08-2017 -- Accepted: 03-11-2017 --
Published (online): 01-12-2017


The purpose of this study was to provide a position specific (middle, link [male], link [female], wing) analysis of mixed gender touch on the physical physiological and perceptual demands of amateur players during match-play across a season. Distance and speed measures were obtained through the use of 10-Hz global positioning system devices, whilst telemetric heart rate devices were used determine a range of physiological measures. Players also provided a rating of perceived exertion following each match. The greatest physical demand was associated with the middle playing position by comparison to all others (Distance travelled ≥5.00 m·s-1 effect size [ES]: 0.01-0.13; average distance ≥5.00 m·s-1 ES: 0.11-0.38). Those playing as a middle also displayed a greater physiological (Mean heart rate ES: 0.05-0.13) and perceptual demand (rating of perceived exertion ES: 0.01-0.04). However, most measures reported only a trivial effect between each playing position. The findings provide an insight into the differing demands associated with the different playing positions within mixed gender touch which practitioners can use to provide more position-specific conditioning programs.

Key words: Team sport, high-intensity, heart rate, GPS
Key Points
Each playing position within mixed gender touch is characterised with specific physical, physiological and perceptual demands during match-play.
Those playing as a middle are more likely to complete activity which exceeds >5.00 m·s which may translate into a greater physiological intensity during match-play.



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