Heart rate analysis during training and competitive conditions for specific positional roles in field hockey
Gordon, Eilidh Patricia
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of the study was to investigate heartrate responses of field hockey players during training and competitive conditions for specific positional roles. The subjects monitored for the purpose of the study all played in U.W.I.C ladies 3'd XI Continuous heart rate recordings using heart rate telemetry was obtained during 2 training sessions and2 B.U.S.A league matches. Heart rate was telemetrically monitored using five-second intervals. The results indicated significant differences in heart rate between the two conditions, training and competition (p: 0,000). Heart rate between the three positions; forward, midfield and defence, vr'as significantly different at a p < 0.05 level in the study overall. A post hoc test indicated that heart rate was significantly different between midfield and forward players (p: 0.047) and midfield and defence players (p: 0.023). The interaction effect between position and condition was also significant (p : 0.048). Therefore, the mean heart rates for positions depend on the condition. The study highlighted an increase in heart rate during competitive conditions in comparison with training conditions. This may be attributed to psychological factors associated with competition. The study also showed midfreld players to achieve the highest heart rate values. The physical demands of the position may account for this. The results illustrated that it is possible to successfully monitor the heart rate of players during physical activity using telemetry equipment.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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