Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine ( 2010 ) 09 , 638 - 642

Research article
Reliability of a Contact and Non-Contact Simulated Team Game Circuit
Tarveen K.R. Singh1, , Kym J. Guelfi1, Grant Landers1, Brian Dawson1, David Bishop2
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1 School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, The University of Western Australia,
2 Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Tarveen K.R. Singh
✉ School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, The University of Western Australia. 35 Stirling Highway Crawley WA 6009, Australia.
Email: tarveenlonj@gmail.com
Publish Date
Received: 18-08-2010
Accepted: 27-09-2010
Published (online): 01-12-2010
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ABSTRACT

Most team sports are characterised by repeated short maximal sprint efforts interspersed with longer periods of active recovery or rest. Although a variety of testing protocols have been devised to simulate these activity patterns under controlled conditions, a common limitation is the lack of 'body contact' to simulate the tackling efforts seen in contact sports. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess the reliability of a simulated team game protocol with and without 'contact'. Eleven male, team-sport athletes (mean ± SD; age 22 ± 2 yr; BMI 23.0 ± 1.7 kg·m-2) completed four separate testing trials; two 'non-contact' trials (NCON) and two 'contact' (CON) trials of a simulated game to determine the reliability of a range of team sport performance indicators including repeated 15-m sprint time, vertical jump height, heart rate response and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE). The team game protocol involved four sets of 15-min of intermittent running around a circuit replicating the movement patterns observed in team sports, either with or without simulated contact. Within-subject reliability of each performance measure was determined by expressing the typical error of measurement as the coefficient of variation, as well as determining intra-class correlations. Both CON and NCON produced reliable results for a variety of team sport performance indicators including repeated 15-m sprint time, vertical jump height, heart rate response and RPE. Repeated sprint and jump performance declined over time throughout the simulated game (p < 0.05), while heart rate and RPE increased. There was no difference in these performance measures between CON and NCON protocols. As such, these simulated game protocols provide reliable options for assessing team game performance parameters in response to training or other interventions under controlled conditions.

Key words: Performance, team sports, vertical jump, active recovery, body contact


           Key Points
  • A variety of protocols have been devised to simulate the activity patterns of team sports.
  • The protocol used in the current study is unique in that it includes an aspect of 'contact', which has been lacking from previous protocols.
  • Both the 'contact' and 'non-contact' protocols tested appear reliable for assessing team game performance parameters
  • These protocols provide a reliable option for assessing team game performance parameters for both contact and non-contact sports.
 
 
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