Effect of Substitution Time on Physical, Technical and Cognitive Performance in Sub-Elite Male Field Hockey Players

Spooner, T., West, A. T. and Willems, M. E. T. (2023) Effect of Substitution Time on Physical, Technical and Cognitive Performance in Sub-Elite Male Field Hockey Players. International journal of exercise science. ISSN 1939-795X (In Press)

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We examined the effects of substitution time (i.e. recovery time) in a simulated field hockey test on physical, technical and perceptual/cognitive performance. Nine sub-elite male field hockey players (age: 20±2 yrs, height: 1.81±0.06 m, body mass: 71±10 kg, body fat: 10.3±3.7%, V ̇O2max: 67±3 "mL∙" 〖"kg" 〗^"-1" "∙" 〖"min" 〗^"-1" ) completed four 8-min 40-s bouts of high-intensity intermittent exercise with 2-min and 5.5-min substitution time replicating the demands of a 4-quarter field hockey match. After each bout, a 15-m maximal sprint, agility/dribbling test, passing accuracy test, and a cognitive task were completed. Heart rate (P<0.001) and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) (P<0.001) increased with every bout. RPE was higher for the 5.5-min condition during the 2nd and 4th bout. No differences were observed between the substitution times and the number of bouts on 15-m maximal sprint time (2-min: 2.03±0.14 s, 5.5-min: 2.07±0.12 s), average reaction time (2-min: 347.19±30.78 ms, 5.5-min: 346.69±38.73 ms), cognitive error rate (2-min: 0.86 ± 0.77; 5.5-min: 0.44 ± 0.37), passing accuracy (2-min: 6±1, 5.5-min: 6±1) and agility/dribbling time (2-min: 7.06±0.41 s, 5.5-min: 7.23±0.55 s). It was concluded that a longer recovery time (i.e. substitution time 5.5-min) did not provide better physical and technical performance than 2-min during a simulated 4-quarter field hockey test. Further research with a larger sample size should address whether the shorter 2-min substitution time seemed to result in lower cognitive performance.

Item Type: Articles
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Sport > Area > Exercise Physiology
Depositing User: Mark Willems
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2023 11:49
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2023 11:49
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6709

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