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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530450/the-dose-response-relationship-between-training-load-and-aerobic-fitness-in-academy-rugby-union-players
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Richard Taylor, Dajo Sanders, Tony Myers, Grant Abt, Celia A Taylor, Ibrahim Akubat
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to identify the dose-response relationship between measures of training load (TL) and changes in aerobic fitness in academy rugby union players. METHODS: Training data from ten academy rugby union players was collected during a six-week in-season period. Participants completed a lactate threshold (LT) test which was used to assess VO2max and velocities at VO2max, 2 mmol·L(-1) (vLT) and 4 mmol·L(-1) (vOBLA) as measures of aerobic fitness...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525884/training-volume-and-soft-tissue-injury-in-professional-and-non-professional-rugby-union-players-a-systematic-review
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Shane Ball, Mark Halaki, Rhonda Orr
AIM: To investigate the relationship between training volume and soft tissue injury incidence, and characterise soft tissue injury in rugby union players. DESIGN: A systematic search of electronic databases was performed. The search strategy combined terms covering: training volume and injury, and rugby union, and players of all levels. DATA SOURCES: Medline, SPORTDiscus, Web of Science, Embase, PubMed. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SELECTING STUDIES: Studies were included if they reported: male rugby union players, a clear definition of a rugby union injury, the amount of training volume undertaken by participants, and epidemiological data for soft-tissue injuries including the number or incidence...
October 8, 2016: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514202/the-physical-characteristics-of-match-play-in-english-schoolboy-and-academy-rugby-union
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Dale B Read, Ben Jones, Padraic J Phibbs, Gregory A B Roe, Joshua Darrall-Jones, Jonathon J S Weakley, Kevin Till
The aim was to compare the physical characteristics of under-18 academy and schoolboy rugby union competition by position (forwards and backs). Using a microsensor unit, match characteristics were recorded in 66 players. Locomotor characteristics were assessed by maximum sprint speed (MSS) and total, walking, jogging, striding and sprinting distances. The slow component (<2 m · s(-1)) of PlayerLoad(TM) (PLslow), which is the accumulated accelerations from the three axes of movement, was analysed as a measure of low-speed activity (e...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510582/the-worst-case-scenario-locomotor-and-collision-demands-of-the-longest-periods-of-gameplay-in-professional-rugby-union
#4
Cillian Reardon, Daniel P Tobin, Peter Tierney, Eamonn Delahunt
A number of studies have used global positioning systems (GPS) to report on positional differences in the physical game demands of rugby union both on an average and singular bout basis. However, the ability of these studies to report quantitative data is limited by a lack of validation of certain aspects of measurement by GPS micro-technology. Furthermore no study has analyzed the positional physical demands of the longest bouts of ball-in-play time in rugby union. The aim of the present study is to compare the demands of the single longest period of ball-in-play, termed "worst case scenario" (WCS) between positional groups, which have previously been reported to have distinguishable game demands...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481676/technical-determinants-of-tackle-and-ruck-performance-in-international-rugby-union
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Sharief Hendricks, Tiffany van Niekerk, Drew Wade Sin, Mike Lambert, Steve den Hollander, James Brown, Willie Maree, Paul Treu, Kevin Till, Ben Jones
The most frequently occurring contact events in rugby union are the tackle and ruck. The ability repeatedly to engage and win the tackle and ruck has been associated with team success. To win the tackle and ruck, players have to perform specific techniques. These techniques have not been studied at the highest level of rugby union. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to identify technical determinants of tackle and ruck performance at the highest level of rugby union. A total of 4479 tackle and 2914 ruck events were coded for the Six Nations and Championship competitions...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476897/dr-matthew-cross-epidemiology-and-risk-factors-for-injury-in-professional-rugby-union
#6
Matthew J Cross
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 5, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476439/misunderstandings-of-concussion-within-a-youth-rugby-population
#7
Philip E Kearney, James See
OBJECTIVES: The recognition and management of concussion has become a major health concern within rugby union. Identifying misconceptions and attitudes regarding concussion is valuable for informing player education. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the knowledge of, and attitudes towards, concussion in subgroups of youth rugby players. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. METHODS: Information sheets and consent forms were distributed at training sessions for multiple teams at each of three schools and three clubs...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462570/anthropometric-and-performance-characteristics-of-the-german-rugby-union-7s-team
#8
Erich Hohenauer, Alfred M Rucker, Peter Clarys, Ursula M Küng, Rahel Stoop, Ron Clijsen
BACKGROUND: Somatotyping is advantageous in sports for the optimal development of performance level and injury prevention. The aim of this study was to describe the anthropometric and physical performance characteristics of the German national rugby union 7s team. Seventeen male rugby players, classified as forwards (n=9; 24.2±2.1 years) and backs (n=8; 24.3±5.05 years) were assessed. METHODS: Anthropometric measurements included: body height, weight, height to weight ratio (H/W), five skinfolds, biepicondylar humerus and femur breadth, upper arm- and calf girth, estimated lower body fat percentage and determination of the individual and mean somatotype...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459290/injury-patterns-physiological-profile-and-performance-in-university-rugby-union
#9
Shane Ball, Mark Halaki, Tristan Sharp, Rhonda Orr
OBJECTIVES: Rugby union is a physically demanding collision sport with high injury rates. There is a common perception that higher training loads result in greater injury risk in field-based sports. This study aims to determine injury, anthropometric and physical performance characteristics in junior rugby union players and investigate the interaction between training load and injury across a competitive season. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. METHODS: Fifty-one players (age 19...
May 1, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445232/organised-chaos-in-late-specialisation-team-sports-weekly-training-loads-of-elite-adolescent-rugby-union-players
#10
Padraic J Phibbs, Ben Jones, Gregory Roe, Dale Read, Joshua Darrall-Jones, Jonathon Weakley, Andrew Rock, Kevin Till
The aim of this study was to quantify the mean weekly training load (TL) of elite adolescent rugby union players participating in multiple teams, and examine the differences between playing positions. Twenty elite male adolescent rugby union players (17.4 ± 0.7 years) were recruited from a regional academy and categorised by playing position; forwards (n=10) and backs (n=10). Global positioning system and accelerometer microtechnology was used to quantify external TL, and session-rating of perceived exertion (sRPE) was used to quantify internal TL during all sessions throughout a 10-week in-season period...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426240/influence-of-glenoid-defect-size-and-bone-fragment-size-on-the-clinical-outcome-after-arthroscopic-bankart-repair-in-male-collision-contact-athletes
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Shigeto Nakagawa, Tatsuo Mae, Kenji Yoneda, Kazutaka Kinugasa, Hiroyuki Nakamura
BACKGROUND: The usefulness of arthroscopic Bankart repair for collision/contact athletes has varied in previous reports. PURPOSE: To investigate the influence of glenoid rim morphologic characteristics on the clinical outcome after arthroscopic Bankart repair without additional reinforcement procedures in male collision/contact athletes, including athletes with a large glenoid defect. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study; Level of evidence, 3...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425057/quantifying-synergies-in-two-versus-one-situations-in-team-sports-an-example-from-rugby-union
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P Passos, J Milho, C Button
Collective behaviors in team sports result in players forming interpersonal synergies that contribute to performance goals. Because of the huge amount of variables that continuously constrain players' behavior during a game, the way that these synergies are formed remain unclear. Our aim was to quantify interpersonal synergies in the team sport of Rugby Union. For that purpose we used the Uncontrolled Manifold Hypothesis (UCM) to identify interpersonal synergies that are formed between ball carrier and support player in two-versus-one situations in Rugby Union...
April 19, 2017: Behavior Research Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409514/neck-strength-and-self-reported-neck-dysfunction-what-is-the-impact-of-a-season-of-rugby-union
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Danielle M Salmon, S John Sullivan, Phil Handcock, Nancy J Rehrer, Brian Niven
BACKGROUND: Neck strength has been reported to reduce the incidence of concussions and neck injuries. However little is known about how neck strength changes over a playing season. AIM: To understand the impact a 20-week rugby season has on neck strength, neck pain (NP) and neck stiffness (NS) in a cohort of rugby players, relative to a non-contact control group. METHODS: This prospective cohort study employed a fixed-frame dynamometer to measure neck strength in a simulated contact posture in rugby players (n=32) and controls (n=15)...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392337/epidemiology-of-injuries-in-australian-school-level-rugby-union
#14
Felix T Leung, Melinda M Franettovich Smith, Mark Brown, Ann Rahmann, M Dilani Mendis, Julie A Hides
OBJECTIVES: There is a high incidence of injuries in rugby union due to the physical nature of the game. There is a lack of large-scale injury surveillance data reported for school level rugby players of different ages. Our study aimed to investigate the frequency and nature of injuries being sustained during an Australian school level rugby union season. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. METHODS: Injury surveillance was conducted on 3585 rugby players from all 8 schools participating in an interschool rugby competition in Queensland, Australia...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361327/how-much-rugby-is-too-much-a-seven-season-prospective-cohort-study-of-match-exposure-and-injury-risk-in-professional-rugby-union-players
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Sean Williams, Grant Trewartha, Simon P T Kemp, John H M Brooks, Colin W Fuller, Aileen E Taylor, Matthew J Cross, Gavin Shaddick, Keith A Stokes
INTRODUCTION: Numerous studies have documented the incidence and nature of injuries in professional rugby union, but few have identified specific risk factors for injury in this population using appropriate statistical methods. In particular, little is known about the role of previous short-term or longer-term match exposures in current injury risk in this setting. OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to investigate the influence that match exposure has upon injury risk in rugby union...
March 30, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360096/the-microbiome-of-professional-athletes-differs-from-that-of-more-sedentary-subjects-in-composition-and-particularly-at-the-functional-metabolic-level
#16
Wiley Barton, Nicholas C Penney, Owen Cronin, Isabel Garcia-Perez, Michael G Molloy, Elaine Holmes, Fergus Shanahan, Paul D Cotter, Orla O'Sullivan
OBJECTIVE: It is evident that the gut microbiota and factors that influence its composition and activity effect human metabolic, immunological and developmental processes. We previously reported that extreme physical activity with associated dietary adaptations, such as that pursued by professional athletes, is associated with changes in faecal microbial diversity and composition relative to that of individuals with a more sedentary lifestyle. Here we address the impact of these factors on the functionality/metabolic activity of the microbiota which reveals even greater separation between exercise and a more sedentary state...
March 30, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344455/running-and-metabolic-demands-of-elite-rugby-union-assessed-using-traditional-metabolic-power-and-heart-rate-monitoring-methods
#17
Romain Dubois, Thierry Paillard, Mark Lyons, David McGrath, Olivier Maurelli, Jacques Prioux
The aims of this study were (1) to analyze elite rugby union game demands using 3 different approaches: traditional, metabolic and heart rate-based methods (2) to explore the relationship between these methods and (3) to explore positional differences between the backs and forwards players. Time motion analysis and game demands of fourteen professional players (24.1 ± 3.4 y), over 5 European challenge cup games, were analyzed. Thresholds of 14.4 km·h(-1), 20 W.kg(-1) and 85% of maximal heart rate (HRmax) were set for high-intensity efforts across the three methods...
March 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287036/collective-effectiveness-in-the-xv-de-france-selections-and-time-matter
#18
Adrien Sedeaud, Guillaume Saulière, Laurie-Anne Marquet, Scott Del Vecchio, Avner Bar-Hen, Jean-François Toussaint
The aim of this study was to quantify the impact of selections and shared selections in the rugby union. Players' names, positions, and number of selections were collected for all XV de France's games (1906-2014). Every team's percentage of renewal of workforce was calculated for backs and forwards. During the 1987-2014 period, all second row forwards (locks), halfbacks, and centres' shared selections (number of times when two players have competed together) were recreated. The Best vs. Rest method was applied to these remodelled dyads...
July 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282758/the-effects-of-barbell-load-on-countermovement-vertical-jump-power-and-net-impulse
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Peter D Mundy, Neal A Smith, Mike A Lauder, Jason P Lake
The aim of this study was to examine the effects of barbell load on countermovement vertical jump (CMJ) power and net impulse within a theoretically valid framework, cognisant of the underpinning force, temporal, and spatial components. A total of 24 resistance-trained rugby union athletes (average ± SD: age: 23.1 ± 3.4 years; height: 1.83 ± 0.05 m; body mass (BM): 91.3 ± 10.5 kg) performed maximal CMJ under 5 experimental conditions in a randomised, counterbalanced order: unloaded, and with additional loads of 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% of BM...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276911/the-effect-of-physical-contact-on-changes-in-fatigue-markers-following-rugby-union-field-based-training
#20
Gregory Roe, Joshua Darrall-Jones, Kevin Till, Padraic Phibbs, Dale Read, Jonathon Weakley, Andrew Rock, Ben Jones
Repeated physical contact in rugby union is thought to contribute to post-match fatigue; however, no evidence exists on the effect of contact activity during field-based training on fatigue responses. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the effect of contact during training on fatigue markers in rugby union players. Twenty academy rugby union players participated in the cross-over study. The magnitude of change in upper- and lower-body neuromuscular function (NMF), whole blood creatine kinase concentration [CK] and perception of well-being was assessed pre-training (baseline), immediately and 24 h post-training following contact and non-contact, field-based training...
July 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
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