• A quantitative and qualitative evaluation of a 10 week play touch rugby league programme for improving physical activity in adult men and women

      Ashton, Ruth (University of Chester, 2015-09)
      Government guidelines recommend all healthy adults (18-65 years) complete 150-minutes moderate-intensity aerobic activity weekly (Department of Health, 2011a; Department of Health, 2011b; Garber et al., 2011; Haskell et al., 2007; Nelson et al., 2007) with the aim of expending ~1000 k/cal to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD; Department of Health, 2011b; Garber et al., 2011). Team sport activity, when sustained for ~8-24-weeks, elicits changes in risk factors of CVD (Barene, Krustrup, Jackman, Brekke & Holtermann, 2014b; Krustrup et al., 2009; Mendham, Duffield, Marino & Coutts, 2014). The Government does not focus on recreational team sport, but physical activity (PA) as a whole, despite the potential of recreational team sports to promote health and reduce disease. Modified versions of team sports, such as walking football and Touch Rugby League, have emerged to encourage individuals to engage in PA. Numerous leagues have resulted from the Play Touch Rugby League (PTRL) initiative developed in 2013 by the Rugby Football League (RFL). Touch Rugby League is a modified version of Rugby League and is an intermittent team activity (Beaven, Highton, Thorpe, Knott & Twist, 2014). Touch allows players some degree off-pitch recovery however, it is dependent upon the context of the match. A Touch Rugby League match consists of 2 x 20 minute halves, with a single or mixed sex team of 6 players on the pitch at any given time. A tackle is made by touching the ball carrying player therefore reducing risks of repeated high-impact collisions. Accordingly the aim of this review is to provide an overview of modified versions of team sports and the benefits to be gained from participating.