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The physical demands of Super League rugby: Experiences of a newly promoted franchise.

Evans, SD and Brewer, C and Haigh, JD and Lake, M and Morton, JP and Close, GL (2015) The physical demands of Super League rugby: Experiences of a newly promoted franchise. European Journal of Sport Science. ISSN 1536-7290

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Abstract

The physical match demands for a newly promoted European Super League (ESL) squad were analysed over a full season using global positioning systems. Players were classified into four positional groups: outside backs (OB), pivots (PIV), middle unit forwards (MUF) and wide running forwards (WRF). MUF covered less total distance (4318 ± 570 m) than WRF (6408 ± 629 m), PIV (6549 ± 853) and OB (7246 ± 333 m) (P < 0.05) and less sprint distance (185 ± 58 m) than WRF (296 ± 82 m), PIV (306 ± 108) and OB (421 ± 89 m; P < 0.05), likely attributable to less playing time by MUF (47.8 ± 6.6 min) compared with WRF (77.0 ± 9.0 min), PIV (72.8 ± 10.6 min) and OB (86.7 ± 3.4 min; P < 0.05). Metres per minute were greater for MUF (90.8 ± 2.2 m.min(-1)) compared with OB (83.6 ± 2.8 m.min(-1)) and WRF (83.4 ± 2.4 m.min(-1); P = 0.001) although not different from PIV (90.2 ± 3.3 m.min(-1); P > 0.05). WRF (36 ± 5) and MUF (35 ± 6) were involved in more collisions than OB (20 ± 3) and PIV (23 ± 3; P < 0.05). The high-speed running and collision demands observed here were greater than that previously reported in the ESL, which may reflect increased demands placed on the lower ranked teams. The present data may be used to inform coaches if training provides the physical stimulus to adequately prepare their players for competition which may be especially pertinent for newly promoted franchises.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Sport Science on 09.06.2015(Online publication date), available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2015.1041064.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2015 08:26
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2016 00:50
DOI or Identification number: /10.1080/17461391.2015.1041064
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1782

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