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Fitness test profiles as determined by the eurofit test battery in elite female gaelic football players

Keane, A, Scott, M, Dugdill, L and Reilly, T 2010, 'Fitness test profiles as determined by the eurofit test battery in elite female gaelic football players' , The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24 (6) , pp. 1502-1506.

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    Abstract

    Gaelic Football is the main sport in Ireland and has potential for use as a means of fitness in health promotion contexts. The present study entailed a cross-sectional comparison of performances in a motor test battery between elite female players and an age-matched reference group. The aim was to identify the fitness items that characterize top performers in the game. Altogether, 83 women aged 18–29 participated in the study and completed a series of tests consisting of 8 items in the Eurofit Test Battery. The profiles of the 2 groups were subjected to logistic regression analysis. Four of the test items contributed to group discrimination (endurance, flexibility, trunk strength, and limb speed). Based on percentage difference, the most prominent discriminator was the estimated _VO2max (mean 49.9 6 4.2 vs. 39.7 6 6.3 ml kg21 min21). Grip strength and agility were also significantly superior in the Gaelic Football players (p , 0.05), who had significantly lower body fat values (23.3 6 2.3%) than the reference group (27.2 6 3.6%). The use of the Eurofit Test battery in games players was confirmed as were the multifactorial requirements of fitness for women playing this sport. It was concluded that elite Gaelic Football at top level is characterized mainly by high aerobic fitness, but a holistic training program is needed to cover the multiple fitness requirements of the game. Practical applications include the use of this game for health-related purposes.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: aerobic performance, balance, logistic regression, endurance, strength tests
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
    Health and Wellbeing
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
    Publisher: Human Kinetics
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1064-8011
    Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
    Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2011 10:28
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:50
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/14928

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