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Association between technical variables and tactical prominence in rink-hockey

Oliveira, P. ; Clemente, F.M.C. ; Martins, F.

Journal of Physical Education and Sport Vol. 16, Nº 3, pp. 1 - 7, September, 2016.

ISSN (print): 1582-8131
ISSN (online): 2066-2483

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Abstract
The aim of this study was to study the association between technical performance (volume of play, efficiency index and performance score) and tactical behaviour (indegree and outdegree centrality) in different competitive levels of rink hockey. Fifty-two male rink hockey players (U12 – 10.94 ± 0.5 years old and 1.11 ± 0.5 years of practice; U14 – 12.67 ± 0.7 years old and 2.58 ± 1.9 years of practice; U16 – 15.21 ± 0.8 years old and 4.92 ± 1.1 years of practice; U18 – 17.32 ± 0.9 years old and 7.15 ± 2.1 years of practice; Elite – 26.72 ± 5.4 years old and 12.09 ± 3.6 years of practice) were observed in three official matches. Results found that %IdC had a very large positive correlation with VP (r = 0.842; p = 0.001), EI (r = 0.816; p = 0.001) and PS (r = 0.866; p = 0.001). The %OdC also showed very large positive correlation with VP (r = 0.814; p = 0.001), EI (r = 0.879; p = 0.001) and PS (r = 0.859; p = 0.001). In this study it was found that technical level and tactical prominence measured by network measures revealed large values of correlation, thus suggesting that in rink-hockey the level of activity may depend from the capacity to be effective with ball.