Match heart rate and running profile of elite under-21 hurlers during competitive match-play

Damien Young, Laurent Mourot, Marco Beato, Giuseppe Coratella

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Citations (Scopus)


The aims of the current study were to examine the physical and physiological demands of elite under-21 male hurling match-play across halves of play and between positions. Global positioning systems (10 Hz) and heart rate (HR) monitors were used to collect data from 95 players during 10 games. Total distance (TD), relative speed, high-speed running (HSR), sprint distance, total sprints, and mean length of sprint was 6,688 ± 942 m, 112 ± 16m.min-1, 661 ± 203 m, 274 ± 111 m, 18 ± 8 m, and 16 ± 5 m, respectively. Players' mean HR (HRmean) and peak HR (HRpeak) was 165 ± 9 b.min-1 and 190 ± 7 b.min-1, respectively. Decrements in TD (p < 0.05, effect size [ES] = 0.81), HSR (p < 0.05, ES = 0.69), and HRmean (p < 0.05, ES = 0.80) were found between halves. Full backs covered significantly less TD than half backs (p < 0.05, ES = 1.24), midfielders (p < 0.05, ES = -1.39), and half forwards (p < 0.05, ES = -1.85). Half forwards covered a greater TD than full forwards (p < 0.05, ES = 0.94), greater HSR than full backs (p < 0.05, ES = 1.13), and greater sprint distance than half backs (p < 0.05, ES = 1.41). Between-half decreases were evident in TD, HSR, and HRmean, with no significant positional differences observed in TD, HSR, number of sprints, length of sprint, HRpeak, and HRmean between half backs, midfielders, and half forwards. The current findings provide data that coaches should consider to customize training program design for under-21 hurlers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2925-2933
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • High-speed running
  • Match-play demands
  • Performance
  • Sprint distance
  • Team sport
  • Temporal decrement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Match heart rate and running profile of elite under-21 hurlers during competitive match-play'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this