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Title: Match running performance profiles of amputee football players at the national level
Authors: Muracki, Jaroslaw
Nowak, Michal
Kawczynski, Adam
Silva, Ana Filipa
Clemente, Filipe Manuel
Issue Date: 19-Jun-2023
Citation: Muracki, J., Nowak, M., Kawczynski, A., Silva, A.F. & Clemente, F.M.(2023). Match running performance profiles of amputee football players at the national level. Scientific Reports, 13(1). Doi: 10.1038/s41598-023-36856-0
Abstract: Even though running performance and positional profles in football are well described, amputee football (AF) has diferent characteristics of the movement, pitch dimensions, and time played. There is a gap in the scientifc literature about positional profles based on running performance in AF. This study aimed to investigate the diferences between positions, the infuence of the amputation level or defect of the lower limb (LD), the diferences in running performance between halves, and the relationship with the fnal match result. Thirteen AF National Team players were monitored by Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), tracking 24 ofcial international matches for 17 months. Values of top speed, peak acceleration, peak deceleration, average distance per minute, sprint mean speed, GPS load per minute, inertial load per minute (Gs load/min), number of sprints per minute, and a number of impacts per minute were analyzed for defenders (DEF), midfelders (MID) and forwards (FOR). Additional factors analyzed were amputation level (below the knee, low amputation—LA or over the knee, high amputation—HA or defect of the lower limb—LD) and the match’s fnal result. Midfelders had signifcantly higher running performance parameters compared to other positions (greater top speed than DEF (+0.3 m/s; p < 0.001) and FOR (+ 0.2 m/s; p = 0.045), greater peak acceleration and deceleration than DEF (+0.5 m/s2 for both measures; p < 0.001) and FOR (+ 0.4 and+ 0.3 m/s2; p < 0.001 and p = 0.036, respectively), greater GPS load/minute than DEF (+ 0.2 load/min; p = 0.001) and FOR (+ 0.3 load/min; p < 0.001), greater Gs load per minute than DEF (+ 2.7 load/min; p < 0.001) and FOR (+ 1.8 load/min; p < 0.001), greater number of impacts per minute than DEF (+ 0.2 n/min; p < 0.001) and FOR (+ 0.2 n/min; p < 0.001). Players with LD had signifcantly higher running performance than those with LA or HA. In the match’s second half, a decrease in running performance was registered. The trend of running more when losing could be observed—AF players had higher running parameters in lost matches, but the diferences were not statistically signifcant. Further research complied with contextual game analysis is needed to assess the running performance of AF players deeply.
ISSN: 2045-2322 (online)
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