The craft of the Caman; A notational analysis of the frequency occurrence of skills used in Hurling

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Hurling is a native sport to Ireland with limited scientific research. It is played using a Caman (hurling stick) and Sliotar (ball). Notational analysis is a means of providing reliable feed back on sporting performance. The purpose of the study is to determine the frequency of occurrence of selected skills providing information to refine current skill training. Four high level championship games were analyzed using defined criteria; the method was determined to be reliable. Descriptive statistics used for analysis. The aerial strike is the highest occurring skill. Jab lift is the most prominent method for possession gain. Taking steps most common method of travel. Non occurrence of ground hook was observed. Prevention of jab lift could reduce opponents in possession striking by 44.67% This method of striking accounts for 77.8% of all in play striking meaning a significant impact could be made. 18% of dispossessions did not register due to set criteria. 70% of possession striking skills occurred after traveling 4 or more steps. A higher level of performance can be attained through a focus on preventing opponent from jab lifting and increasing own proficiency with jab lift and aerial strike while moving.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2008

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