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An investigation of the sprint performance of senior elite camogie players during competitive play



The current study aimed to investigate the sprint performances of senior Camogie players between halves of play and between positions.


Forty-three (n = 43) elite female Camogie players (23 ± 5 years; 174 ± 5 cm; 68 ± 9 kg) wore 10-Hz GPS devices (STATSports, Apex) to record data in 20 competitive matches during the 2018–2020 season. The total sprint distance (TSD), number of sprints (NOS) < 20 m and ≥ 20 m, and the NOS 80–90% and > 90% of the player’s peak speed, the mean sprint duration, and between-sprint duration were analyzed.


The TSD was 162 ± 102 m accumulated by 9 ± 5 NOS. The NOS < 20 m and ≥ 20 m was 7 ± 3 and 3 ± 2, respectively. The NOS 80–90% and > 90% was 6 ± 3 and 3 ± 3, respectively. The mean sprint duration and between-sprint duration was 3 ± 1 s and 6:29 ± 3:12 min:sec, respectively. A second-half decrease was observed for TSD (ES = − 0.24), NOS (ES = − 0.33), NOS < 20 m (ES = − 0.50) and ≥ 20 m (ES = − 1.00), and NOS > 90% (ES = − 0.63). Full-backs accumulated less TSD and NOS than half-backs (ES = − 1.07, − 1.21, respectively), midfielders (ES = − 1.54, − 1.41, respectively) and half-forwards (ES = − 0.91, − 0.92, respectively). Midfielders and half-forwards had a longer mean length of sprint (ES = 0.88, 0.92, respectively) and mean sprint duration (ES = 0.66, 0.60, respectively) compared to full-backs. Half-backs performed a greater NOS < 20 m than full-backs (ES = 1.17).


The current results provide a sprint profile of Camogie match-play, where positional differences should be considered in training.

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MO’G and DY have given substantial contributions to the conception or the design of the manuscript, and MO’G, DY and GC to acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of the data. All authors have participated to drafting the manuscript and revised it critically. All authors read and approved the final version of the manuscript.

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O’Grady, M., Young, D., Collins, K. et al. An investigation of the sprint performance of senior elite camogie players during competitive play. Sport Sci Health 18, 905–913 (2022).

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  • Female team sport
  • Sprinting
  • GPS
  • Playing positions
  • Relative speed thresholds