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LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning

Locomotion metrics

Total distances covered

Table 2 displays average or mean results for various metrics that describe the game. While the mean figure is a useful statistic, it does not provide the full picture of the demands of the game. When we examine the range of any particular metric recorded we get a better picture of the spread of the demands across the majority of players. Thus, it is important to inspect the standard deviation (SD) shown with the mean figure. Note that the standard deviation is the spread of scores or individual results of the majority of players about the mean score.

For example, in the women’s game, players’ mean total distance (± SD) covered over the whole match by all players was 1,556.2 ± 189.3m, but the range was between 1,364.5 to 1,724.1m. This tells us that some players completed 1,724 metres during the game while other completed just over 1,300 metres.

For the men’s game, the mean total distance (± SD) covered over the whole match by all players was 1,580.8 ± 146.3m, but the range was from 1,348.8 to 1,975.7m. So from this we can state that while the mean of the total distance covered is relatively similar between the men’s and women’s game (1,580m vs 1,556m, respectively), the greater range reported within the men’s game suggests greater variation between players in the total distance covered. Further, it seems that in the men’s game some players cover a greater distance compared to the women’s game (1,975m v 1,724m, respectively).

Figure 3. Greater relative distance is covered for men and women sevens players compared to the relative distance covered in the 15-a-side game.