2017, Volume 9, Issue 3

Physical activity profile of the referee and the assistant referee during official football matches

Bartosz Dolański1, Andrzej Szwarc1, Bartosz Heinig1, Mateusz Sitek1

1Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport

Author for correspondence: Bartosz Dolański; Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport; email: dolan@awf.gda.pl

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Background: The aim of this study was to determine physical activity profiles of the main referee and the assistant referee during official championship matches.
Material/Methods: Motor activity of 10 referees and 10 assistant referees was studied during 10 matches of the championship rank in the period from April to November 2016. Using a POLAR M400 heart rate monitor with a built-in GPS sensor, the total distance covered during refereeing, the mean and the maximum speed, and the intensity of the refereeing effort were analyzed.
Results: It was found that the main referee covered the mean distance of 7.75 km, while the assistant referee 4.40 km. The main referee’s mean heart rate was higher by 25 bt/min than that of the assistant, and the mean maximum heart rates were 184.9 bt/min and 166.6 bt/min, respectively. The assistant referee had the mean maximum running speed of 19.97 km/h. In general, the mean running speed of the main referee was higher than the assistant referee’s mean speed.
Conclusions: Differences in physical activity between the main referee and the assistant referee indicate

Key words: football, activity profile, referee