Effect of Situational Variables on Points in Elite Padel Players

Javier Courel-Ibáñez

Bernardino Javier Sánchez-Alcaraz

*Corresponding author: Bernardino Javier Sánchez-Alcaraz Martínez ninosam@hotmail.com

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Courel-Ibáñez, J., & Sánchez-Alcaraz, B. J. (2017). Effect of Situational Variables on Points in Elite Padel Players. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 127, 68-74. https://doi.org/10.5672/apunts.2014-0983.es.(2017/1).127.07

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to analyze the differences between rally length and points scored and lost in professional padel players based on situational variables such as ranking position, game result and set. A total of 1527 rallies from 10 men’s matches at the 2013 Masters Finals World Padel Tour were recorded. Results showed longer average rally length in points won in comparison with points lost (10.00 ± 6.97s vs. 8.91 ± 7.33s), especially in the case of the overall match winners (10.91s ± 8.90 vs. 9.95 ± 7.93s). In particular, minimizing errors during the first 4 seconds and being able to score from 11 seconds onwards seem to increase winning chances. However, this strategy was not consistent during the game, with an increase in points won between 5 to 8 seconds in the second set. This study provides relevant information about time use in elite padel, revealing game strategies that seem to be more effective and increase the likelihood of winning. This information may be a useful guide in the design of specific padel tasks and training sessions based on competition demands and requirements.

Keywords: Análisis de la Competición, Deportes de Raqueta, Game Context, Match Analysis, Performance Analysis, Racket Sports.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: February 5, 2016

Accepted: July 7, 2016

Published: January 01, 2017