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Gina L. Trakman, Adrienne Forsyth, Kane Middleton, Russell Hoye, Sarah Jenner, Stephen Keenan and Regina Belski

In 2013–2014, nearly five million Australians aged 15 years and older stated that they played an organized sport ( Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015 ). Australian Football (AF) is the third most popular sport played in Australia ( Australian Sports Commission, 2016 ); and the elite, national

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David L. Carey, Justin Crow, Kok-Leong Ong, Peter Blanch, Meg E. Morris, Ben J. Dascombe and Kay M. Crossley

Australian football. 3 Currently, physical-preparation staff are tasked with balancing the training guidelines associated with injury-risk reduction and performance improvement when prescribing training loads. Mathematical optimization is a method that may help in this process, particularly as more data on

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Callum J. McCaskie, Warren B. Young, Brendan B. Fahrner and Marc Sim

Australian football (AF) is a field-based team sport requiring various elements of physical fitness. 1 – 3 A typical match lasts around 120 minutes, played over 4 quarters 4 where players cover around 11 to 14 km. 5 To compete at this level, professional AF players undertake rigorous preseason

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Samuel Ryan, Emidio Pacecca, Jye Tebble, Joel Hocking, Thomas Kempton and Aaron J. Coutts

confident interpretation of athlete monitoring data by identifying meaningful changes (ie, those that exceed the “noise” in the test). Studies in professional Australian Football (AF) have shown perceptual wellness questionnaires are sensitive to weekly change in training load 8 and match load, 15

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Samuel Ryan, Thomas Kempton, Emidio Pacecca and Aaron J. Coutts

Strength profiling and assessment of muscle-strength deficits are common in professional team-sport athletes. One test typically used for Australian footballers is adductor strength assessment. 1 , 2 Research has shown that chronic groin pain is associated with a combination of altered pelvic

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Samuel Ryan, Aaron J. Coutts, Joel Hocking, Patrick A. Dillon, Anthony Whitty and Thomas Kempton

Wearable microtechnology has enabled coaches and scientists to analyze the physical demands of Australian football training and match play, facilitating the implementation of training programs to maximize competition performance and minimize injury risk. 1 Given the nature and quantity of training

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Rachel Lohman, Amelia Carr and Dominique Condo

Australian football is a popular team-based contact sport in Australia, with more than 30 leagues worldwide ( Gray & Jenkins, 2010 ). The Australian Football League (AFL) is the elite national competition, consisting of 18 teams spread over six states ( Johnston et al., 2018 ). Australian football

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Brendan H. Lazarus, William G. Hopkins, Andrew M. Stewart and Robert J. Aughey

Australian football is the most popular sport in Australia measured by match attendance, television ratings, and overall popularity. 1 The goal of every Australian football team is to win as many matches as possible, which in turn contributes to the team’s ranking on the premiership table and

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Timothy J.H. Lathlean, Paul B. Gastin, Stuart V. Newstead and Caroline F. Finch

Elite junior Australian football (AF) players need to demonstrate physical, technical, and tactical characteristics to be selected for elite senior competition in the Australian Football League (AFL). Coaches attempt to bridge the gap between elite junior and senior (AFL) competitions, 1 through

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Regina Belski, Alex Donaldson, Kiera Staley, Anne Skiadopoulos, Erica Randle, Paul O’Halloran, Pam Kappelides, Steve Teakel, Sonya Stanley and Matthew Nicholson

football is a team-based, contact sport involving two teams of 18 players on the field at any one time and up to six “interchange” players for each team. Most junior Australian football teams play one 60-min, four-quarter game per week, and train once or twice per week for 60–90 min. A typical junior