Time motion analysis of 2001 and 2002 super 12 rugby

Duthie, Grant, Pyne, David and Hooper, Sue (2005) Time motion analysis of 2001 and 2002 super 12 rugby. Journal of Sports Sciences, 23 5: 523-530. doi:10.1080/02640410410001730188

Author Duthie, Grant
Pyne, David
Hooper, Sue
Title Time motion analysis of 2001 and 2002 super 12 rugby
Journal name Journal of Sports Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-0414
Publication date 2005-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02640410410001730188
Volume 23
Issue 5
Start page 523
End page 530
Total pages 8
Editor A. Nevill
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
321401 Exercise Physiology
750203 Organised sports
Abstract The aim of this study was to quantify movements of Super 12 rugby players in competition because information on elite rugby players' movements is unavailable. Players were categorized into forwards [front (n = 16) and back row (n = 15)] and backs [inside (n = 9) and outside backs (n = 7)] and their movements analysed by video-based time motion analysis. Movements were classified as rest (standing, walking and jogging) and work (striding, sprinting, static exertion, jumping, lifting or tackling). The total time, number and duration of individual activities were assessed, with differences between groups evaluated using independent sample t-tests (unequal variances), while differences between halves were assessed with paired sample t-tests. Forwards had 7:47 min:s (95% confidence limits: 6:39 to 8:55 min:s, P<0.01) more time in static exertion than backs, but backs spent 0:52 (0:34 to 1:09, P = 0.01) min:s more time sprinting than forwards, and had a 0.7 (0.3 to 1.2, P = 0.01) s longer duration of each sprint. Forwards spent 7:31 (5:55 to 9:08) min:s more time in work activities (P = 0.01) and had 2.1 (1.3 to 2.8) s longer work durations (P < 0.01) than backs. The results indicate frequent short duration (<4 s) work efforts followed by moderate duration (< 20 s) rest for forwards, and extended (> 100 s) rest duration for backs. High-intensity efforts involved static exertion for forwards (mean +/- standard deviation frequency = 80 +/- 17) and sprinting for backs (27 +/- 9). In conclusion, after nearly a decade since becoming professional, elite rugby union is still characterized by highly intense, intermittent movement patterns and marked differences in the competition demands of forwards and backs.
Keyword Sport Sciences
Mean Duration
Total Time
Union Players
Q-Index Code C1

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