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The quantification of within-week session intensity, duration, and intensity distribution across a season in Australian Football using the session rating of perceived exertion method

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Juhari, F and O'Connor, F and Pitchford, N and Weston, M and Thornton, HR and Bartlett, JD, The quantification of within-week session intensity, duration, and intensity distribution across a season in Australian Football using the session rating of perceived exertion method, International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 13, (7) pp. 940-946. ISSN 1555-0273 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2018 Human Kinetics, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1123/ijspp.2017-0626

Abstract

Purpose: Training in team sports requires the daily manipulation of intensity, duration and frequency with pre-season focusing on meeting the demands of in-season competition and inseason on recovery from competition. In order to provide information about daily training in Australian Football (AF), this study aimed to quantify session duration, intensity and distribution across a full season.

Methods: Intensity (Ratings of Perceived Exertion, RPE) and duration were collected from forty-five professional male AF for every training session and game. Each RPE was categorized into the corresponding intensity zone; Low (<4.0 AU), Moderate ( ≥4.0 and <7.0), and High ( ≥7.0), so as to categorise session intensity. Linear mixed models were constructed to estimate session duration, intensity and distribution between 3 pre-season and 4 in-season periods. Effects were assessed with inferences about magnitudes standardized with betweenplayers SD.

Results: The distribution of the mean session intensity across the season was 29% low-, 57% moderate- and 14% high-intensity. While 96% of games were high-intensity, 44% and 49% of skills training sessions were low- and moderate-intensity, respectively. Running had the highest proportion of high-intensity training sessions (27%). Pre-season displayed higher training session intensity and duration, while in-season game intensity and duration were higher.

Conclusion: By using a cost-effective monitoring tool, this study provides information about the intensity and duration of all training types across different phases of the season, thus allowing a greater understanding of the training and competition demands of Australian Footballers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Training load, RPE, team sports
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Exercise physiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Pitchford, N (Dr Nathan Pitchford)
ID Code:132230
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2019-04-30
Last Modified:2019-08-22
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