A method to inform team sport training activity duration with change point analysis

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Teune, Ben ORCID: 0000-0003-4437-535X, Woods, Carl ORCID: 0000-0002-7129-8938, Sweeting, Alice ORCID: 0000-0002-9185-6773, Inness, Mathew William Hunter and Robertson, Samuel ORCID: 0000-0002-8330-0011 (2022) A method to inform team sport training activity duration with change point analysis. PLoS One, 17 (3). ISSN 1932-6203


Duration is a key component in the design of training activities in sport which aim to enhance athlete skills and physical qualities. Training duration is often a balance between reaching skill development and physiological targets set by practitioners. This study aimed to exemplify change point time-series analyses to inform training activity duration in Australian Football. Five features of player behaviour were included in the analyses: disposal frequency, efficiency, pressure, possession time and player movement velocity. Results of the analyses identified moments of change which may be used to inform minimum or maximum activity durations, depending on a practitioner’s objectives. In the first approach, a univariate analysis determined change points specific to each feature, allowing practitioners to evaluate activities according to a single metric. In contrast, a multivariate analysis considered interactions between features and identified a single change point, reflecting the moment of overall change during activities. Six iterations of a training activity were also evaluated resulting in common change point locations, between 196 and 252 seconds, which indicated alterations to player behaviour between this time period in the training activities conduction. Comparisons of feature segments before and after change points revealed the extent to which player behaviour changed and can guide such duration decisions. These methods can be used to evaluate athlete behaviour and inform training activity durations.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/43168
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0265848
Official URL https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.13...
Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4207 Sports science and exercise
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Health and Sport
Keywords sport training, AFL, Australian football, games based training, performance
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