THE EFFECT OF FATIGUE ON FIELD HOCKEY PERFORMANCE
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of this study is to examine the effect physical fatigue can have on men’s field hockey performance. Participants included 15 outfield male hockey players possessing a high skill ability. These players were highly conditioned athletes who were training and competing in BUCS South Premier on a high intensity level. The age of the participants range was 20.67 ± 0.71 to ensure they were all at peak physical fitness. The framework of this study was the use of the Soccer Simulation Protocol (SSP) to simulate the movements of a soccer game. As these movement patterns can be related to the movements a field hockey player makes during a competitive game. Tests were created to investigate the participants ball hitting, ball dribbling, agility and sprint speed, these tests were carried out before, during and after the SSP to assess whether the fatigue of a player affects these skills. The mean miles per hour (MPH) of the first hitting test showed a low mean and large standard deviation (SD), there was no significant difference demonstrating no change when players became fatigued. During the dribbling test a similar outcome occurred as the first testing compared to the last produced results that indicated fatigue had no affect on players dribbling ability. The agility test showed a slight decrease in performance due to fatigue, the first testing showed results of 9.4± 0.3 seconds and when fatigued this changed to 9.3±0.4 seconds. Sprint time was the most affected by fatigue with a non-fatigued time of 5.8 ± 0.04 seconds that changed to 5.9 ± 0.1. This data also showed a significant difference between defensive and attacking players (P=0.004) when affected by fatigue. Based on these findings attacking and defensive players require sessions adapted differently during training and conditioning to ensure they are able to maintain sprint speed and agility during the latter stages of a game
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) Sport and Physical Education
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