The validity and reliability of global positioning systems in team sport: a brief review

Kelly, Vincent G., Scott, Macfarlane T. U. and Scott, Tannath J. U. (2014). The validity and reliability of global positioning systems in team sport: a brief review. In: 2014 ASCA International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning, Melbourne, Australia, (186-190). 7-9 December 2014.

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Author Kelly, Vincent G.
Scott, Macfarlane T. U.
Scott, Tannath J. U.
Title of paper The validity and reliability of global positioning systems in team sport: a brief review
Conference name 2014 ASCA International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 7-9 December 2014
Journal name Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning
Place of Publication Beenleigh, QLD, Australia
Publisher Australian Strength and Conditioning Association
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISSN 1836-649X
Volume 22
Issue 5
Start page 186
End page 190
Total pages 5
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
With recent technological advances of GPS units, athlete monitoring has seemingly become a more precise science. Athlete tracking using GPS was first actualized in 1997 and since then its use has become increasingly widespread and is currently commonly used in team sports such as rugby league, rugby union, soccer, field hockey and Australian Rules football (6). Global positioning systems have the ability to objectively quantify the external load of individual athletes during matches and training (14). This is important in team sports as understanding the specific demands athletes face during matches and training can allow for tailored training and recovery programs that may lead to increased performance and potentially a reduced rate of injury (13). Coaches and conditioning staff may better recognize individuals who are overtraining and overreaching, allowing for a more specific periodisation plan that may elicit greatest adaptation and reduce fatigue. The use of GPS to quantify the external load is of great importance in many team sports. Global positioning systems are classified by the rate at which they sample per second. Initially, commercial devices had a sample rate of 1Hz (one sample per second), however, there has been rapid advancement in the sampling rates of GPS and now 5Hz, 10Hz and 15Hz units exist.

However, in order to accurately interpret data, an understanding of the limitations of GPS devices is required. To do this it is integral that the validity and reliability of GPS devices are examined. Validity and reliability are essential in scientific examination in sport as they allow greater interpretation and ‘meaningfulness’ to results and findings. This literature review will aim to collate all studies that have tested the validity and/or reliability of GPS devices, at either 1Hz, 5Hz, 10Hz or 15Hz during simulations of either general team sport movements or movements that are specific to a specified team sport. The review will deliver a particular focus on the validity and reliability of GPS devices of all sampling speeds in relation to distance and speed/velocity.
Keyword GPS
Global Positioning System
Team sport
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