Relationship between tests of physical qualities and physical match performance in elite Rugby League players

Gabbett, Tim J., Stein, Josh G., Kemp, Justin G. and Lorenzen, Christian (2013) Relationship between tests of physical qualities and physical match performance in elite Rugby League players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27 6: 1539-1545. doi:10.1519/JSC.0b013e318274f236


Author Gabbett, Tim J.
Stein, Josh G.
Kemp, Justin G.
Lorenzen, Christian
Title Relationship between tests of physical qualities and physical match performance in elite Rugby League players
Journal name Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1064-8011
1533-4287
Publication date 2013-06
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318274f236
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 6
Start page 1539
End page 1545
Total pages 7
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Previous investigators have reported significant relationships between tests of physical qualities and physical match performance in high-intensity intermittent team sport (e.g. soccer) players. While rugby league requires competitors to perform high-intensity running, unlike most other high-intensity intermittent team sports, the physical demands are significantly increased through the large amounts of tackling, wrestling, and grappling that players are required to perform during match-play. This study investigated the relationship between tests of physical qualities and match performance in professional rugby league players, and determined whether running capacities were associated with the collision and repeated high intensity effort demands of match-play. Thirty-eight elite rugby league players (mean ± SD age, 23.1 ± 2.7 yr) performed tests of repeated sprint ability (6 x 20 m sprints on a 20 s cycle), prolonged high-intensity intermittent running ability (8 x 12 s shuttle sprints on a 48 s cycle), and estimated maximal aerobic power (multi-stage fitness test). Global positioning system data were collected during 16 professional rugby league matches. Players with better prolonged high-intensity intermittent running ability covered greater total distance and greater distance in high-speed running during match-play. However, inconsistent relationships were found between tests of running abilities and other match performance variables, with prolonged high-intensity running ability (negative), maximal aerobic power (positive), and repeated-sprint ability (no relationship) differentially associated with the total number of collisions and repeated high-intensity effort bouts performed in competition. These findings demonstrate the importance of prolonged high-intensity running ability to the match running performance of elite rugby league players, but also highlight the need for game-specific conditioning to prepare players for the high-intensity collision, and repeatedeffort demands of the game.
Keyword Physical attributes
Fitness
Performance
Collision sport
Training
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published ahead of print - POST ACCEPTANCE, 3 October 2012

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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