A time-motion analysis of professional rugby league match-play

King, Trish, Jenkins, David and Gabbett, Tim (2009) A time-motion analysis of professional rugby league match-play. Journal of Sports Sciences, 27 3: 213-219. doi:10.1080/02640410802538168

Author King, Trish
Jenkins, David
Gabbett, Tim
Title A time-motion analysis of professional rugby league match-play
Journal name Journal of Sports Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1466-447X
Publication date 2009-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02640410802538168
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 213
End page 219
Total pages 7
Editor A. Nevill
Place of publication England, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
110602 Exercise Physiology
950102 Organised Sports
Abstract The aim of this study was to analyse movement patterns of professional rugby league players during matches played as part of Australia's National Rugby League (NRL) competition. The movement patterns of one player from each of the three positional groups (hit-up forwards, adjustables, and outside backs) during three competition matches were examined using time-motion analysis. Positional groups differed in distances covered (P = 0.001), and covered shorter distances than those described in earlier research. The mean exercise-to-rest ratio was 1:6 for the outside backs and hit-up forwards and 1:5 for the adjustables. However, such ratios did not reflect the most demanding periods of the game, which included repeated high-intensity efforts interspersed with recovery periods of short duration. These periods of repeated high-intensity exercise often occurred at crucial phases of the game, when players were either attacking or defending the try-line. Furthermore, patterns of movement during repeated high-intensity periods of play differed among positional groups. To prepare for the most highly intense periods of match-play, professional rugby league players should adopt position-specific training that includes the highest and lowest exercise-to-rest ratios likely to be experienced in competition.
Keyword match analysis
positional differences
exercise-to-rest ratios
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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