Table 2. Mean values (± SD) for running demands from traditional approach: absolute and relative distances, peak speed, number of sprints, accelerations and decelerations depending on playing position.
Periods Forwards (n=22) Backs (n=24) p-value ES (Cohen’s d)
Distance covered in each speed zones (m) Total distance 2792.6 ± 402.9(58.2 ± 8.4) 3042.4 ± 426.3(64.5 ± 9.3) * .109(.045) Small- .6 ± .6(- .7 ± .5)
0-6km·h-1 1130.5 ± 306.9(23.7 ± 6.5) 1474.0 ± 336.2 **(30.2 ± 9.3) ** .005(.005) Moderate1.1 ± .6(0.8 ± .6)
6-10.2km·h-1 649.4 ± 192.8(13.6 ± 6.5) 554.5 ± 211.3(11.7 ± 7.2) .085(.082) Moderate.7 ± .6(.7 ± .6)
10.2-14.4km·h-1 623.3 ± 152.1(13.0 ± 3.9) 491.4 ± 154.3 *(10.2 ± 4.3) * .014(.014) Moderate1 ± .6(1.1 ± .6)
14.4-18.9km·h-1 305.5 ± 97.3(6.4 ± 3.0) 296.1 ± 102.1(6.3 ± 3.2) .697(.148) Unclear.1 ± .5(.1 ± .5)
18.9-24.9km·h-1 86.2 ± 52.9(4.0 ± 2.0) 189.4 ± 54.3 ***(1.8 ± .2) *** < .001(< .001) Large-1.5 ± .4(-1.5 ± .6)
>24.9km·h-1 8.5 ± 34.8(.1 ± .7) 45.1 ± 35.6 **(6.3 ± .8) ** .003(.003) Moderate- 1.0 ± .4(-1.0 ± .5)
HSRD(>14.4 km·h-1) 397.2 ± 117.9(8.3 ± 2.6) 537.1 ± 127.2 **(11.3 ± 2.7) ** .002(.002) Moderate-1.0 ± .4(-1.0 ± .4)
Peak speed(km·h-1) 24.3 ± 3.7 28.6 ± 4.0 ** .003 Large(- 1.3 ± .5)
Number of sprints (n)(n·min-10) .43 ± 1.60(.09 ± .03) 2.2 ± 1.6 **(.47 ± 0.03) ** .003(.002) Moderate-1.0 ± .5(-1.1 ± .5)
Number of acc.(>2.5 m·s-2) 19.1 ± 8.9(.4 ± .2) 19.1 ± 9.8(0.4 ± 0.2) .963(.924) Unclear.1 ± 1.5(.1 ± 1.5)
Number of dec.(<- 2.5m·s-2) 14.2 ± 6.2(.3 ± .1) 16.2 ± 6.5(.3 ± .1) .326(.281) Unclear- .4 ± .6(- .3 ± .5)
*** p<0.001.
** p<0.01;
In the table, the top values represent absolute values for one full half period (independently of 1st or 2nd half), and the values in brackets correspond to relative time values. TD: total distance; DC: distance covered; HSRD: high speed running distance; Acc: accelerations; Dec: decelerations; ES: effect size (Cohen’s d) presented with 90% confidence interval.
* Significant difference between forwards and backs, * p<0.05;