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Gaelic Football Match-Play: Performance Attenuation and Timeline of Recovery

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Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Athlone Institute of Technology, N37 HD68 Athlone, Ireland
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SHE Research Group, Athlone Institute of Technology, N37 HD68 Athlone, Ireland
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Received: 19 November 2020 / Revised: 9 December 2020 / Accepted: 15 December 2020 / Published: 17 December 2020
This study investigated acute changes in markers of fatigue and performance attenuation during and following a competitive senior club-level Gaelic football match. Forty-one players were tested immediately pre-match, at half-time, full-time, 24 h post-match and 48 h post-match. Creatine kinase, drop jump height and contact-time, reactive strength index, countermovement jump height and perceptual responses were assessed at the aforementioned time-points. 18 Hz global positioning system devices were used to record players in-game workload measures. Compared to pre-match, perceptual responses (−27.6%) and countermovement jump height (−3.9%) were significantly reduced at full-time (p < 0.05). Drop jump height (−8.8%), perceptual responses (−27.6%), reactive strength index (−15.6%) and countermovement jump height (−8.6%) were significantly lower 24 h post-match (p < 0.05). Pre-match creatine kinase was significantly increased (+16.2% to +159.9%) when compared to all other time-points (p < 0.05). Total distance, total accelerations, total sprints, sprint distance and average heart rate were all correlated to changes in perceptual responses (r = 0.34 to 0.56, p < 0.05). Additionally, maximum speed achieved (r = 0.34) and sprint distance (r = 0.31) were significantly related to countermovement jump changes (p < 0.05), while impacts (r = 0.36) were correlated to creatine kinase increases (p < 0.05). These results demonstrate that Gaelic football match-play elicits substantial neuromuscular, biochemical and perceptual disturbances. View Full-Text
Keywords: Gaelic football; fatigue; post match; muscle damage; countermovement jump; recovery; post-match fatigue; match-play; GPS; monitoring Gaelic football; fatigue; post match; muscle damage; countermovement jump; recovery; post-match fatigue; match-play; GPS; monitoring
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Daly, L.S.; Catháin, C.Ó.; Kelly, D.T. Gaelic Football Match-Play: Performance Attenuation and Timeline of Recovery. Sports 2020, 8, 166. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sports8120166

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Daly LS, Catháin CÓ, Kelly DT. Gaelic Football Match-Play: Performance Attenuation and Timeline of Recovery. Sports. 2020; 8(12):166. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sports8120166

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Daly, Lorcan S., Ciarán Ó. Catháin, and David T. Kelly. 2020. "Gaelic Football Match-Play: Performance Attenuation and Timeline of Recovery" Sports 8, no. 12: 166. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/sports8120166

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