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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650747/kinetic-and-kinematic-analysis-of-stamping-impacts-during-simulated-rucking-in-rugby-union
#1
Bodil Y Oudshoorn, Heather F Driscoll, Marcus Dunn, David James
Laceration injuries account for up to 23% of injuries in rugby union. They are frequently caused by studded footwear as a result of a player stamping onto another player during the ruck. Little is known about the kinetics and kinematics of rugby stamping impacts; current test methods assessing laceration injury risk of stud designs therefore lack informed test parameters. In this study, twelve participants stamped on an anthropomorphic test device in a one-on-one simulated ruck setting. Velocity and inclination angle of the foot prior to impact was determined from high-speed video footage...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645497/an-association-between-polymorphisms-within-the-apoe-gene-and-concussion-aetiology-in-rugby-union-players
#2
Shameemah Abrahams, Sarah Mc Fie, Jon Patricios, Jason Suter, Michael Posthumus, Alison V September
OBJECTIVES: Concussion refers to changes in neurological function due to biomechanical forces transmitted to the head. The APOE ε4 allele is associated with brain injury severity. The objective was to determine if APOE gene variants are associated with concussion history and severity in rugby players. DESIGN: In total, 128 non-concussed controls and 160 previously concussed participants (all cases N=160; diagnosed N=139) were recruited from high school (junior, N=121), club (N=116) and professional rugby teams (N=51)...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642222/risk-factors-for-head-injury-events-in-professional-rugby-union-a-video-analysis-of-464-head-injury-events-to-inform-proposed-injury-prevention-strategies
#3
Ross Tucker, Martin Raftery, Simon Kemp, James Brown, Gordon Fuller, Ben Hester, Matthew Cross, Ken Quarrie
OBJECTIVES: The tackle is responsible for the majority of head injuries during rugby union. In order to address head injury risk, risk factors during the tackle must first be identified. This study analysed tackle characteristics in the professional game in order to inform potential interventions. METHODS: 464 tackles resulting in a head injury assessment (HIA) were analysed in detail, with tackle type, direction, speed, acceleration, nature of head contact and player body position the characteristics of interest...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641863/a-comparison-of-different-heat-maintenance-methods-implemented-during-a-simulated-half-time-period-in-professional-rugby-union-players
#4
Mark Russell, Reuben Tucker, Christian J Cook, Thibault Giroud, Liam P Kilduff
OBJECTIVES: In thermoneutral conditions, half-time is associated with reductions in body temperature that acutely impair performance. This laboratory-based study compared active, passive, and combined methods of half-time heat maintenance. DESIGN: Randomised, counterbalanced, cross-over. METHODS: After a standardised warm-up (WU) and 15min of rest, professional Rugby Union players (n=20) completed a repeated sprint test (RSSA1). Throughout a simulated half-time (temperature: 20...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641201/pelvic-and-hip-kinematics-during-single-leg-drop-landing-are-altered-in-sports-participants-with-long-standing-groin-pain-a-cross-sectional-study
#5
L Janse van Rensburg, M Dare, Q Louw, L Crous, J Cockroft, L Williams, B Olivier
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the differences in three-dimensional pelvic and hip kinematics during a single-leg drop-landing task in active sports participants with long-standing groin pain compared to healthy matched controls. DESIGN: This was a descriptive study incorporating a cross-sectional design. SETTING: The study was conducted at the Unit for Human Movement Analysis, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. PARTICIPANTS: The study sample was comprised of 20 male club level soccer, rugby, running and cycling participants between the ages of 18 and 55 years...
May 12, 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630584/time-loss-injuries-in-sub-elite-and-emerging-rugby-league-players
#6
Mark Booth, Rhonda Orr
This study aimed to 1) investigate the incidence and characteristics of injuries in emerging rugby league players; and 2) explore the differences in injury incidence and characteristics between the various sub-elite competitions. An NRL emerging player development squad (n = 34) was observed from the beginning of pre-season until the finish of competition. Time-loss injury was defined as any physical pain or impairment sustained that resulted in players missing a match. Injuries were categorised according to circumstance, incidence, characteristics, playing position and competition level...
June 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627293/new-evidence-of-relative-age-effects-in-super-elite-sportsmen-a-case-for-the-survival-and-evolution-of-the-fittest
#7
Benjamin D Jones, Gavin P Lawrence, Lew Hardy
The relative age effect (RAE) describes an overrepresentation of players born early (Q1) in a selection year and is highly prevalent within youth sport pathways. However, a dearth of research has investigated the RAE at the "super-elite" level. The present research assessed the presence of RAE in super-elite performers. Study 1 investigated RAEs in the world's best international Test cricketers (N = 262) over a 20-year period according to a robust and stringent "super-elite" criteria. Results revealed the RAE (Q1) when all disciplines were combined...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627289/snap-n-send-a-valid-and-reliable-method-for-assessing-the-energy-intake-of-elite-adolescent-athletes
#8
Nessan Costello, Kevin Deighton, Joshua Dyson, Jim Mckenna, Ben Jones
To ensure that elite adolescent athletes meet their unique training, growth and maturation demands, it is imperative to have access to valid measures of energy intake. Contemporary methods demand close attention-to-detail, meaning that athletes often do not fully adhere to real-time protocols. This study represents the first investigation of a real-time dietary assessment designed using a comprehensive behaviour change framework (COM-B). In a crossover design, 12 elite adolescent male rugby players recorded their energy intake via an estimated food diary (est-FD) and photography-based mobile assessment ('Snap-n-Send'), combined with a 24-h dietary recall interview...
June 17, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620336/how-to-trick-your-opponent-a-review-article-on-deceptive-actions-in-interactive-sports
#9
REVIEW
Iris Güldenpenning, Wilfried Kunde, Matthias Weigelt
Performing deceptive actions is a wide-spread phenomenon in sports and it is of considerable practical relevance to know whether or not a fake or a disguised action decreases the opponents' performance. Therefore, research on deceptive actions for various sport disciplines (e.g., cricket, rugby, martial arts, soccer, and basketball) has been conducted. This research is scattered, both across time and scientific disciplines. Here, we aim to systematically review the empirical work on deceptive actions in interactive sports and want to give an overview about several issues investigated in the last decades...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605261/criterion-and-construct-validity-of-an-isometric-mid-thigh-pull-dynamometer-for-assessing-whole-body-strength-in-professional-rugby-league-players
#10
Nick Dobbin, Richard Hunwicks, Ben Jones, Kevin Till, Jamie Highton, Craig Twist
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the criterion and construct validity of an isometric mid-thigh pull dynamometer to assess whole body strength in professional rugby league players. METHODS: Fifty-six male rugby league players, (33 senior and 23 youth professional players) performed four isometric mid-thigh pull efforts (i.e. two on the dynamometer and two on the force platform) in a randomised and counterbalanced order. RESULTS: Isometric peak force was underestimated (P<0...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605214/influence-of-reactive-strength-index-modified-on-force-and-power-time-curves
#11
John J McMahon, Paul A Jones, Timothy J Suchomel, Jason Lake, Paul Comfort
PURPOSE: The reactive strength index modified (RSImod) has been recently identified and validated as a method of monitoring countermovement jump (CMJ) performance. The kinetic and kinematic mechanisms that optimize a higher RSImod score are, however, currently unknown. The purpose of this study, therefore, was to compare entire CMJ force-, power-, velocity- and displacement-time curves (termed temporal phase analysis) of athletes who achieve high versus low RSImod scores. METHODS: Fifty-three professional male rugby league players performed three maximal effort CMJs on a force platform and variables of interest were calculated via forward dynamics...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597622/the-effect-of-training-load-on-neuromuscular-performance-muscle-soreness-and-wellness-during-an-in-season-non-competitive-week-in-elite-rugby-athletes
#12
Francisco Tavares, Phil Healey, Tiaki B Smith, Matthew Driller
BACKGROUND: In the elite Rugby setting, it is critical to understand the effects of training load on the levels of fatigue, soreness and readiness of the athletes. METHODS: The training load, wellness, neuromuscular markers of fatigue and various perceptual measures of soreness of 16 elite Rugby athletes were monitored during a training week. Training load was obtained for field training sessions, extra conditioning and gym-based sessions. Perceptual fatigue was obtained every morning from a 5-item wellness questionnaire and a questionnaire on the muscle soreness of 9 different muscle sites from each side of the body...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597617/iron-monitoring-of-male-and-female-rugby-sevens-players-over-an-international-season
#13
Anthea C Clarke, Judith M Anson, Christine E Dziedzic, Warren A McDonald, David B Pyne
BACKGROUND: Given the likely influence that high training loads, contact-induced haemolysis and female-specific requirements have on the incidence of iron deficiency, characterising the direction and magnitude of fluctuations in iron status over an international season is important for managing player health and physical performance in rugby sevens. METHODS: Australian national male (n=27) and female (n=23) rugby sevens players undertook blood tests at pre-season, mid-season, and end-season...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594515/cervical-spine-injuries-in-the-athlete
#14
Gregory D Schroeder, Alexander R Vaccaro
Cervical spine injuries are common and range from relatively minor injuries, such as cervical muscle strains, to severe, life-threatening cervical fractures with spinal cord injuries. Although cervical spine injuries are most common in athletes who participate in contact and collision sports, such as rugby and American football, they also have been reported in athletes who participate in noncontact sports, such as baseball, gymnastics, and diving. Cervical spine injuries in athletes are not necessarily the result of substantial spine trauma; some athletes have chronic conditions, such as congenital stenosis, that increase their risk for a serious cervical spine injury after even minor trauma...
February 15, 2017: Instructional Course Lectures
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585467/do-players-and-staff-sleep-more-during-the-pre-or-competitive-season-of-elite-rugby-league
#15
Johnpaul Caia, Tannath J Scott, Shona L Halson, Vincent G Kelly
This study establishes the sleep behaviour of players and staff during the pre- and competitive seasons of elite rugby league. For seven days during both the pre- and competitive seasons, seven rugby league players and nine full-time staff from one professional Australian rugby league club had their sleep monitored via wrist actigraphy and self-report sleep diaries. Two-way repeated measures analysis of variance determined differences between the pre- and competitive season in players and staff, with effect sizes (ES) used to interpret the practical magnitude of differences...
June 6, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578541/anthropometric-and-physical-qualities-of-elite-male-youth-rugby-league-players
#16
REVIEW
Kevin Till, Sean Scantlebury, Ben Jones
Rugby league is a collision team sport played at junior and senior levels worldwide, whereby players require highly developed anthropometric and physical qualities (i.e. speed, change-of-direction speed, aerobic capacity, muscular strength and power). Within junior levels, professional clubs and national governing bodies implement talent identification and development programmes to support the development of youth (i.e. 13-20 years) rugby league players into professional athletes. This review presents and critically appraises the anthropometric and physical qualities of elite male youth rugby league players aged between 13 and 20 years, by age category, playing standard and playing position...
June 3, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573403/a-kinetic-model-describing-injury-burden-in-team-sports
#17
Colin W Fuller
BACKGROUND: Injuries in team sports are normally characterised by the incidence, severity, and location and type of injuries sustained: these measures, however, do not provide an insight into the variable injury-burden experienced during a season. Injury burden varies according to the team's match and training loads, the rate at which injuries are sustained and the time taken for these injuries to resolve. At the present time, this time-based variation of injury burden has not been modelled...
June 1, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28564743/forced-retirement-from-professional-rugby-union-is-associated-with-symptoms-of-distress
#18
James Craig Brown, Gino Kerkhoffs, Mike I Lambert, Vincent Gouttebarge
Rugby has a higher injury burden than other popular sports, such as football. Athletes who are forced to retire as a result of injury are associated with poor mental health. With its high injury burden, professional rugby players might be at risk of mental health conditions associated with injury-related forced retirement. This study aimed to compare mental health between former professional rugby players who were and weren't forced to retire. A questionnaire including the 4DSQ (distress), GHQ-12 (anxiety/depression), PROMIS short-form (sleep disturbance) and AUDIT-C (alcohol misuse) was completed by retired professional players from Ireland, France and South Africa...
May 31, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562186/the-appropriateness-of-training-exposures-for-match-play-preparation-in-adolescent-schoolboy-and-academy-rugby-union-players
#19
Padraic J Phibbs, Ben Jones, Dale B Read, Gregory A B Roe, Joshua Darrall-Jones, Jonathon J S Weakley, Andrew Rock, Kevin Till
The aim of this study was to compare the physical and movement demands between training and match-play in schoolboy and academy adolescent rugby union (RU) players. Sixty-one adolescent male RU players (mean ± SD; age 17.0 ± 0.7 years) were recruited from four teams representing school and regional academy standards. Players were categorised into four groups based on playing standard and position: schoolboy forwards (n = 15), schoolboy backs (n = 15), academy forwards (n = 16) and academy backs (n = 15)...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558447/physical-characteristics-associated-with-neck-pain-and-injury-in-rugby-union-players
#20
Suzanne J Snodgrass, Peter G Osmotherly, Susan A Reid, Peter D Milburn, Darren A Rivett
BACKGROUND: Neck pain and injury are common in rugby union. Physical characteristics predisposing players to neck injury are largely unknown. This study aimed to determine physical characteristics associated with neck pain and injury in rugby union players. METHODS: Semi-professional rugby union players (n=142) underwent pre-season measurements including cervical active range of motion (AROM), strength, sensorimotor proprioception (joint position error), and anthropometry...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
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