Reliability of a repeated-sprint test for field-hockey

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Spencer, M, Fitzsimons, M, Dawson, Brian, Bishop, David ORCID: 0000-0002-6956-9188 and Goodman, Carmel (2006) Reliability of a repeated-sprint test for field-hockey. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 9 (1-2). pp. 181-184. ISSN 1440-2440


The purpose of this study was to assess the reliability of a repeated-sprint test, specifically designed for field-hockey, as it was based directly on the time–motion analysis of elite level competition. The test consisted of 6 × 30-m over-ground sprints departing on 25 s, with an active recovery (∼3.1–3.3 m s−1) between sprints. Ten highly trained, male, field-hockey players (mean ± S.D.: age, 23 ± 3 years; body mass, 78.1 ± 7.1 kg) participated in this study. Following familiarisation, the subjects performed the repeated-sprint test on two occasions, 7 days apart. The reliability of the test variables was assessed by the typical error of measurement (TE). The total sprint time was very reliable (T1: 26.79 ± 0.76 s versus T2: 26.83 ± 0.74 s), as the TE was 0.7% (95% CL, 0.5–1.2%). However, the percent sprint decrement was less reliable (T1: 5.6 ± 0.9% versus T2: 5.8 ± 1.0%), with the TE being 14.9% (95% CL, 10.8–31.3%). In summary, it is suggested that this field-hockey-specific, repeated-sprint test is very reliable when the results are presented as the total sprint time.

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Online ISSN: 1878-1861

Item type Article
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2005.05.001
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Keywords ResPubID22130. over-ground running, sprint decrement, active recovery, repeated-sprint ability, sprints, RSA, field-hockey, grass hockey, time-motion analysis, male athletes
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