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Game movements and player performance in the Australian Football League

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Abstract:

This study examined the relationship between game movements and team and individual performance in Australian football. Movement data (GPS) was collected from 30 elite players from one club in 17 matches during the 2011 season. Selected movement variables were related to individual (possession number, Champion Data© player rankings and pressure points) and team [quarter points (scored) margin] performance indicators. Playing position (nomadic vs. key position), years of experience, game location (home/away), environmental conditions (wet/dry), time of day (day/night), break between games (6-12 days), quarter number (1-4) and quarter score (+/-) margin were also analysed. Overall, some small-moderate (but inconsistent) positive relationships between individual movement data and performance indicators were observed. Nomadic players had higher movement profiles and performance indicators than key position, whilst players with 7+ years' experience recorded lower movement profiles than 1-3 and 4-6 years, but were only lower in performance in pressure points. min-1. Dry vs. wet (one exception), home vs. away and day vs. night, saw no differences in movements or performance. A 12 day turnaround saw higher movement profiles and performance indicators than for 6-8 days. For team performance, few moderate, inverse relationships were found between quarter points (scored) margin and movement profiles.

Keywords: AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL; CHAMPION DATA; GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM; MOVEMENT VARIABLES

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-12-01

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