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Low volume short duration high-intensity interval training and repeated sprint ability in Gaelic football players

Kelly, David (2014) Low volume short duration high-intensity interval training and repeated sprint ability in Gaelic football players. PhD thesis, Dublin City University.

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Gaelic Football is the most popular sport in Ireland and is characterized by irregular changes of pace and high-intensity efforts interspersed with periods of light to moderate intensity activity. Speed, power and aerobic capacity are essential fitness components for optimal performance during match play. A high level of aerobic conditioning is required to generate and maintain power output during repeated high intensity activities. Study 1: Anthropometric, physiological, metabolic and endurance exercise performance were evaluated in club level Gaelic football players (n=15) in response to 2 weeks of low volume short duration high-intensity interval training (LS-HIT) or high volume endurance training (HVET). Six sessions of LS-HIT and HVET induced similar improvements in endurance exercise performance. V̇O2max was increased significantly in the LS-HIT group only. There was no change in running economy or vV̇O2max following LS-HIT or HVET. Study 2: This study compared the effect of 6 weeks of LS-HIT and HVET on anthropometric, physiological, metabolic and performance indices in club level Gaelic football players (n=25). Both groups had a similar significant increase in V̇O2max, vV̇O2max, Wingate anaerobic performance and endurance exercise performance. Running speed and jump performance did not change following LS-HIT and decreased significantly in response to HVET. Study 3: The construct validity and determinants of repeated sprint ability (RSA) tests were evaluated in club and county level Gaelic football players (n=30). The RSA test involving 8 maximal 30 m sprints on a 22.5 sec cycle demonstrated construct validity. The ability to perform repeated sprints has a greater relation to running speed and power and blood lactate levels than indices of endurance performance. Conclusion: LS-HIT is a time efficient strategy to induce aerobic adaptations normally associated with traditional HVET and maintain indices of speed and power in club level Gaelic football players. An RSA test involving 8 x 30 m sprints on a 22.5 sec cycle was superior in county than club level Gaelic football players.  

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Date of Award:November 2014
Supervisor(s):Moyna, Niall
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gaelic football; High-intensity; Repeated sprint ability; Training
Subjects:Medical Sciences > Exercise
Medical Sciences > Physiology
Medical Sciences > Sports sciences
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Health and Human Performance
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:20190
Deposited On:28 Nov 2014 11:08 by Niall Moyna. Last Modified 21 Apr 2017 10:16

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