A three-season comparison of match performances among selected and unselected elite youth rugby league players

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/314705
Title:
A three-season comparison of match performances among selected and unselected elite youth rugby league players
Authors:
Waldron, Mark; Worsfold, Paul R.; Twist, Craig; Lamb, Kevin L.
Abstract:
This study compared technical actions, movements, heart rates and perceptual responses of selected and unselected youth rugby league players during matches (under-15 to under-17). The players’ movements and heart rates were assessed using 5 Hz Global Positioning Systems (GPS), while their technical actions were analysed using video analysis. The maturity of each player was predicted before each season for statistical control. There were no differences (P > 0.05) between selected and unselected players in the under-15 or the under-17 age groups for any variables. However, in the under-16 group, the selected players (57.1 ± 11.9 min) played for longer than the unselected players (44.1 ± 12.3 min; P = 0.017; ES = 1.08 ± CI = 0.87), and covered more distance (5,181.0 ± 1063.5 m cf. 3942.6 ± 1,108.6m, respectively; P = 0.012; ES = 1.14 ± CI = 0.88) and high intensity distance (1,808.8 ± 369.3 m cf. 1,380.5 ± 367.7 m, respectively; P = 0.011; ES = 1.16 ± CI = 0.88). Although successful carries per minute was higher in the selected under-15 group, there were no other differences (P > 0.05) in match performance relative to playing minutes between groups. Controlling for maturity, the less mature, unselected players from the under-16 group performed more high-intensity running (P < 0.05). Our findings question the use of match- related measurements in differentiating between selected and unselected players, showing that later maturing players were unselected, even when performing greater high-intensity running during matches.
Affiliation:
University of New England, Australia ; University of Chester ; University of Chester ; University of Chester
Citation:
Journal of Sports Sciences, 2014, 32(12), pp. 1110-1119
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Journal of Sports Sciences
Publication Date:
28-Feb-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/314705
DOI:
10.1080/02640414.2014.889838
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjsp20/current
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is an author's accepted manuscript of an article published in Journal of Sports Sciences, 28 February 2014, available online: http:www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2014.889838
ISSN:
0264-0414
EISSN:
1466-447X
Appears in Collections:
Sport and Exercise Sciences

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dc.contributor.authorWaldron, Marken
dc.contributor.authorWorsfold, Paul R.en
dc.contributor.authorTwist, Craigen
dc.contributor.authorLamb, Kevin L.en
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-26T11:31:04Zen
dc.date.available2014-03-26T11:31:04Zen
dc.date.issued2014-02-28en
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Sports Sciences, 2014, 32(12), pp. 1110-1119en
dc.identifier.issn0264-0414en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02640414.2014.889838en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/314705en
dc.descriptionThis is an author's accepted manuscript of an article published in Journal of Sports Sciences, 28 February 2014, available online: http:www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2014.889838en
dc.description.abstractThis study compared technical actions, movements, heart rates and perceptual responses of selected and unselected youth rugby league players during matches (under-15 to under-17). The players’ movements and heart rates were assessed using 5 Hz Global Positioning Systems (GPS), while their technical actions were analysed using video analysis. The maturity of each player was predicted before each season for statistical control. There were no differences (P > 0.05) between selected and unselected players in the under-15 or the under-17 age groups for any variables. However, in the under-16 group, the selected players (57.1 ± 11.9 min) played for longer than the unselected players (44.1 ± 12.3 min; P = 0.017; ES = 1.08 ± CI = 0.87), and covered more distance (5,181.0 ± 1063.5 m cf. 3942.6 ± 1,108.6m, respectively; P = 0.012; ES = 1.14 ± CI = 0.88) and high intensity distance (1,808.8 ± 369.3 m cf. 1,380.5 ± 367.7 m, respectively; P = 0.011; ES = 1.16 ± CI = 0.88). Although successful carries per minute was higher in the selected under-15 group, there were no other differences (P > 0.05) in match performance relative to playing minutes between groups. Controlling for maturity, the less mature, unselected players from the under-16 group performed more high-intensity running (P < 0.05). Our findings question the use of match- related measurements in differentiating between selected and unselected players, showing that later maturing players were unselected, even when performing greater high-intensity running during matches.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjsp20/currenten
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of Sports Sciencesen
dc.subjectglobal positioning systemsen
dc.subjecttalenten
dc.subjectrugby leagueen
dc.subjectteam sporten
dc.titleA three-season comparison of match performances among selected and unselected elite youth rugby league playersen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1466-447Xen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of New England, Australia ; University of Chester ; University of Chester ; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Sports Sciencesen
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