The success rate of restarts and turnover ball in netball and the influence of fitness
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The study set out to investigate the success rate of restarts and turnover ball in netball and the influence of fitness. A total of 13 members from Abergavenny Netball Club B team participated in the study and were fitness tested aerobically using the multistage fitness test and anaerobically using the 20m sprint test on 3 separate test occasions. Match analysis was recorded over an 8 week period from 16 October 2004 to 15 January 2005. Results found that aerobic fitness increased and there were significant differences (F2,24 = 35.0, P < 0.001). Anaerobic fitness was found not to increase as the season progressed with no significant differences being recorded (F2,24 = 1.3, P = 0.293). Match performance (total possession) although fluctuated throughout the 8 week period did improve with percentage of all possessions leading to a goal being scored increasing from week 1 (24%) to week 8 (58%). There was evidence to suggest that as aerobic fitness increased so to did match performance (VO2 Max 36.5 to 39.22 and percentage of possession leading to goal 24% to 58% respectively). However, evidence was weak and while the study appreciated fitness is an important factor in predicting match performance, the study results suggest it is not the most important factor and that influences such as motivation of players, injuries, technique and opposition all play a vital role in influencing match performance and effectively team success.
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