Battlezone: An examination of the physiological responses, movement demands and reproducibility of small-sided cricket games

Will Vickery, Ben Dascombe, Rob Duffield, Aaron Kellett, Marc Portus

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Abstract

As cricket training typically involves separate skill and conditioning sessions, this study reported on the movement demands, physiological responses and reproducibility of the demands of small-sided cricket games. Thirteen amateur, male cricket players (age: 22.8 ± 3.5 years, height: 1.78 ± 0.06 m, body mass: 78.6 ± 7.1 kg) completed two sessions of a generic small-sided cricket game, termed Battlezone; consisting of six repeat 8-over bouts. Heart rate and movement demands were continuously recorded, whilst blood lactate concentration and perceived exertion were recorded after each respective bout. Batsmen covered the greatest distance (1147 ± 175 m) and demonstrated the greatest mean movement speed (63 ± 9 m · min−1) during each bout. The majority of time (65−86%) was spent with a heart rate of between 51−85% HRmax and a blood lactate concentration of 1.1−2.0 mmol · L−1. Rating of perceived exertion ranged between 4.2−6.0. Movement demands and physiological responses did not differ between standardised sessions within respective playing positions (P > 0.05). The reliability for the majority of movement demands and physiological responses were moderate to high (CV: 5−17%; ICC: 0.48−1.00) within all playing positions. These results suggest that the physiological responses and movement characteristics of generic small-sided cricket games were consistent between sessions within respective playing positions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-86
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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