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Physical demands of different positions in FA Premier League soccer

Bloomfield, Jonathan, Polman, Remco and O'Donoghue, Peter (2007) Physical demands of different positions in FA Premier League soccer. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 6 (1). pp. 63-70. ISSN 1303-2968

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the physical demands of English Football Association (FA) Premier League soccer of three different positional classifications (defender, midfielder and striker). Computerised time-motion video-analysis using the Bloomfield Movement Classification was undertaken on the purposeful movement (PM) performed by 55 players. Recognition of PM had a good inter-tester reliability strength of agreement (κ = 0.7277). Players spent 40.6 ± 10.0% of the match performing PM. Position had a significant influence on %PM time spent sprinting, running, shuffling, skipping and standing still (p < 0.05). However, position had no significant influence on the %PM time spent performing movement at low, medium, high or very high intensities (p > 0.05). Players spent 48.7 ± 9.2% of PM time moving in a directly forward direction, 20.6 ± 6.8% not moving in any direction and the remainder of PM time moving backward, lateral, diagonal and arced directions. The players performed the equivalent of 726 ± 203 turns during the match; 609 ± 193 of these being of 0° to 90° to the left or right. Players were involved in the equivalent of 111 ± 77 on the ball movement activities per match with no significant differences between the positions for total involvement in on the ball activity (p > 0.05). This study has provided an indication of the different physical demands of different playing positions in FA Premier League match-play through assessment of movements performed by players.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID22094. match-play, agility, time-motion analysis, video analysis, purposeful movement, Bloomfield Movement Classification, English FA Premier League soccer, football, England
Subjects: Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Current > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2012 01:06
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 03:31
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