Effect of different between-match recovery times on the activity profiles and injury rates of national rugby league players

Murray, Nick B. and Gabbett, Tim J. and Chamari, Karim (2014) Effect of different between-match recovery times on the activity profiles and injury rates of national rugby league players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28 (12). pp. 3476-3483. ISSN 1064-8011


Professional rugby league competition does not coincide with a standardized amount of recovery between matches; matches can be separated by as many as 10 days and as few as 5 days. These variations in recovery time could influence the match activity profiles and injury rates of players. This study investigated the effect of different betweenmatch recovery times on the activity profiles and injury rates of National Rugby League (NRL) players. Forty-three elite male rugby league players participated in this study. Betweenmatch recovery cycles were defined as short (separated by 5 or 6 days), medium (separated by 7 or 8 days), and long (separated by 9 or 10 days) recovery. Movement was recorded using a commercially available microtechnology unit, which provided information on speed, distance, and repeated highintensity effort activity. Injuries sustained in either training or match play, which resulted in a missed match, were recorded. Significantly greater (p ≤ 0.05) relative total distance was covered after matches involving short recovery than those involving medium (effect size [ES] = 1.13) or long (ES = 1.08) recovery periods. This difference was because of greater low-speed activity. Injury rates for the adjustables positional group were the highest after short between-match recovery cycles, whereas the injury rates of hit-up forwards and outside backs positional groups were the highest after long between-match recovery cycles. These findings suggest that the activity profiles of NRL match play and the injury rates of specific playing positions are influenced by the amount of recovery between matches. The differences in the activity profiles and injury rates between short, medium, and long between-match recovery cycles should be considered when developing recovery strategies for professional rugby league players.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 25 May 2017 00:04
Last Modified: 25 May 2017 00:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: collision sport; injury risk; physical demands; training; adolescent; adult; Australia; cohort studies; football; geographic information systems; humans; male; movement; recovery of function; time factors; young adult
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420799 Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000000603
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32312

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