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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2021 Oct 19

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.21.12429-6

Copyright © 2021 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

The physical characteristics of elite camogie players

Philip M. CONNORS , Declan T. BROWNE, Des EARLS, Paula FITZPATRICK, Paula RANKIN

healthCORE, Department of Science and Health, Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow, Ireland


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BACKGROUND: The aim of the current investigation was to establish the positional physical characteristics of elite inter-county camogie players and compare them to current female field sport athlete norms.
METHODS: Forty-five elite inter-county camogie players (age: 23.31 ± 3.47 years; height: 168.97 ± 5.60 cm; body mass: 68.37 ± 7.44 kg) completed pre-season physical performance testing. Physical characteristics including Isometric Mid-Thigh Pull (IMTP) peak force, IMTP relative peak force, countermovement jump (CMJ) height, 10 to 5 repeated jump test Reactive Strength Index (RSI), 5-, 10- and 20 m sprint times and Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test Level 1 (Yo-Yo IR1) accumulated distance were assessed. All players were sub-divided into their playing positions (Defenders, Mid-Fielders, Forwards) by self-reported means, to investigate if any positional differences existed.
RESULTS: A multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and Kruskal-Wallis H tests revealed no significant positional difference for any physical tests (p>0.05). Moderate main effects for RSI between mid-fielders and forwards (ES= 0.64) and for 20m sprint time between defenders and mid-fielders (ES= 0.63) were noted. Trivial to small main positional effects were evident for all other tests (ES= 0.03-0.60).
CONCLUSIONS: The relative homogeneity of results across performance measures indicates no obvious position specific characteristics within this cohort. This data will provide normative values for coaches to better inform training and return to play practices in camogie.


KEY WORDS: Team sports; Athletic performance; Talent

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