Physical demands of professional rugby league training and competition using microtechnology

Gabbett, Tim J. and Jenkins, David G. and Abernethy, Bruce (2012) Physical demands of professional rugby league training and competition using microtechnology. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15 (1). pp. 80-86. ISSN 1878-1861

Abstract

Objectives: To investigate the physical demands of professional rugby league match-play using microtechnology, and to compare these demands with typical training activities used to prepare players for competition. Design: Prospective cohort study. Methods: Thirty elite rugby league players participated in this study. Seven hundred and eighty-six. training data sets and 104 data sets from National Rugby League matches were collected over one playing season. Movement was recorded using a commercially available microtechnology unit (minimaxX, Catapult Innovations), which provided information on speeds, distances, accelerations, physical collisions and repeated high-intensity efforts. Results: Mean distances covered during match-play by the hit-up forwards, wide-running forwards, adjustables, and outside backs were 3,569. m, 5,561. m, 6,411. m, and 6,819. m, respectively. Hit-up forwards and wide-running forwards were engaged in a greater number of moderate and heavy collisions than the adjustables and outside backs, and more repeated high-intensity effort bouts per minute of play (1 bout every 4.8-6.3. min). The physical demands of traditional conditioning, repeated high-intensity effort exercise, and skill training activities were all lower than the physical demands of competition. Conclusions: These results demonstrate that absolute distances covered during professional rugby league matches are greater for outside backs, while the collision and repeated high-intensity effort demands are higher for hit-up forwards and wide-running forwards. The specific physical demands of competitive play, especially those demands associated with collisions and repeated high-intensity efforts, were not well matched by those observed in traditional conditioning, repeated high-intensity effort exercise, and skills training activities. Further research is required to investigate whether modifications need to be made to these training activities to better prepare players for the demands of National Rugby League competition.


Statistics for USQ ePrint 32352
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 03:03
Last Modified: 22 May 2017 03:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: conditioning; contact; GPS; physical demands; physical preparation; team sport; biophysics, bioengineering and medical instrumentation; biophysics and bioengineering; biophysics, bioengineering and medical instrumentation; computers and automation; occupational health and industrial medicine; life style; sport and leisure
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2011.07.004
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32352

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only