Motion Characteristics of Division I College Field Hockey: Female Athletes in Motion (FAiM) Study

Vescovi J.D., Frayne D.H.

The study aimed to analyze locomotor demands and metabolic-power characteristics of NCAA field hockey matches using GPS technology. Results showed that defenders played longer than midfielders, who, in turn, played longer than forwards. Defenders covered less relative distance and engaged in more low-intensity running compared to forwards and midfielders. Additionally, defenders exhibited lower mean metabolic power than other positions. While there was no difference in playing time between halves, all positions experienced reductions in relative distance and mean metabolic power during the second half. These findings suggest that despite longer playing time, defenders had lower relative demands than other positions. The reduction in key metrics during the second half was consistent across positions. This data can inform the development of position-specific drills or small-sided games to replicate match demands and enhance the physiological abilities of NCAA field hockey players.

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