Team sports involve the competition and co-operation of individuals, organized into opposing teams that act towards a common goal. These activities are played by all age groups and are great for promoting comradery and exercise. The rules, equipment, and methods vary depending on the sport, but they all have the same goal: to bring people together.
Athletes in team sports must adapt to sudden changes in direction and speed. In order to evaluate this ability, researchers have developed metrics for assessing athlete acceleration. These metrics have been used to measure acceleration and deceleration during training and competition. These metrics are designed to accurately depict the external load of competition and the relative speeds of individual athletes.
Acceleration loading is an important attribute in many team sports and is often measured by wearable tracking devices. Despite this, the methods used to determine acceleration loads vary widely. While many manufacturers have standard methods of calculating acceleration loads, some offer flexibility to create custom measurements. This means that results from two research studies may differ.
The use of acceleration metrics in team sport research is important for many reasons. First, these metrics are more practical to measure than other metrics. By defining acceleration events in terms of time and distance, practitioners are better able to account for acceleration-specific loads.