The movement and physiological demands of international and regional men's touch rugby matches

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/317372
Title:
The movement and physiological demands of international and regional men's touch rugby matches
Authors:
Beaven, Robert; Highton, Jamie M.; Thorpe, Cari; Knott, Emma; Twist, Craig
Abstract:
This study compared the internal and external match demands imposed on international and regional standard male touch rugby players. The study adopted a cohort design with independent groups. Twelve international players (mean age 27.8 ± 6.2 y, body mass 72.8 ± 3.7 kg, stature 174.5 ± 5.4 cm) and nine regional players (mean age 25.5 ± 5.5 y, body mass 74.2 ± 7 kg, stature 174.1 ± 7 cm) were analysed during nine competitive matches from the 2013 season. Movement demands were measured using a 5 Hz global positioning system (GPS), alongside heart rate and session rating of perceived exertion (s-RPE) to quantify internal load. Total distance covered by international players was lower than regional players (2265.8 ± 562.3 cf. 2970 ± 558.9 m, p<0.05). However, international players had greater relative distance (137.1 ± 13.6 cf. 126.2 ± 17.2 m·min) due to shorter playing times per match (p<0.05). Absolute high speed running (>14 km·h) was not different between groups (p>0.05), but relative high speed running (39.3 ± 12.0 cf. 26.0 ± 13.6 m·min) was higher for international players. Regional players performed more absolute low speed activity (≤14 km·h) than international players (p<0.05), whereas relative low speed activity was not different between groups (p>0.05). Very high speed running (>20 km·h) distance, bout number and frequency, peak and average speed were all greater in international players (p<0.05). Higher average heart rate, summated heart rate and s-RPE (p<0.05) indicated higher internal loads during matches for regional players. These data indicate that performance in men's touch rugby is characterised by more relative high speed running and better repeated sprint capacities in higher standard players.
Affiliation:
University of Chester ; University of Chester ; Manchester Metropolitan University ; Huddersfield University ; University of Chester
Citation:
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2014, 28(11), pp. 3274-3279
Publisher:
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Journal:
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Publication Date:
14-May-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/317372
DOI:
10.1519/JSC.0000000000000535
PubMed ID:
24832976
Additional Links:
http://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/pages/default.aspx
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is the authors' accepted version of an article published in Journal of Strenght and Conditioning Research, 2014, 28(11), 3274-3279. This is not the final published version.
ISSN:
1533-4287
Appears in Collections:
Sport and Exercise Sciences

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dc.contributor.authorBeaven, Roberten
dc.contributor.authorHighton, Jamie M.en
dc.contributor.authorThorpe, Carien
dc.contributor.authorKnott, Emmaen
dc.contributor.authorTwist, Craigen
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-23T15:29:44Zen
dc.date.available2014-05-23T15:29:44Zen
dc.date.issued2014-05-14en
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2014, 28(11), pp. 3274-3279en
dc.identifier.issn1533-4287en
dc.identifier.pmid24832976en
dc.identifier.doi10.1519/JSC.0000000000000535en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/317372en
dc.descriptionThis is the authors' accepted version of an article published in Journal of Strenght and Conditioning Research, 2014, 28(11), 3274-3279. This is not the final published version.en
dc.description.abstractThis study compared the internal and external match demands imposed on international and regional standard male touch rugby players. The study adopted a cohort design with independent groups. Twelve international players (mean age 27.8 ± 6.2 y, body mass 72.8 ± 3.7 kg, stature 174.5 ± 5.4 cm) and nine regional players (mean age 25.5 ± 5.5 y, body mass 74.2 ± 7 kg, stature 174.1 ± 7 cm) were analysed during nine competitive matches from the 2013 season. Movement demands were measured using a 5 Hz global positioning system (GPS), alongside heart rate and session rating of perceived exertion (s-RPE) to quantify internal load. Total distance covered by international players was lower than regional players (2265.8 ± 562.3 cf. 2970 ± 558.9 m, p<0.05). However, international players had greater relative distance (137.1 ± 13.6 cf. 126.2 ± 17.2 m·min) due to shorter playing times per match (p<0.05). Absolute high speed running (>14 km·h) was not different between groups (p>0.05), but relative high speed running (39.3 ± 12.0 cf. 26.0 ± 13.6 m·min) was higher for international players. Regional players performed more absolute low speed activity (≤14 km·h) than international players (p<0.05), whereas relative low speed activity was not different between groups (p>0.05). Very high speed running (>20 km·h) distance, bout number and frequency, peak and average speed were all greater in international players (p<0.05). Higher average heart rate, summated heart rate and s-RPE (p<0.05) indicated higher internal loads during matches for regional players. These data indicate that performance in men's touch rugby is characterised by more relative high speed running and better repeated sprint capacities in higher standard players.en
dc.languageENGen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherLippincott, Williams & Wilkinsen
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/pages/default.aspxen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Associationen
dc.subjectrugbyen
dc.subjectmovementen
dc.titleThe movement and physiological demands of international and regional men's touch rugby matchesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester ; University of Chester ; Manchester Metropolitan University ; Huddersfield University ; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Researchen

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