Relationships between physiological, anthropometric, and skill qualities and playing performance in professional rugby league players

Gabbett, Tim J. and Jenkins, David G. and Abernethy, Bruce (2011) Relationships between physiological, anthropometric, and skill qualities and playing performance in professional rugby league players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29 (15). pp. 1655-1664. ISSN 1466-447X

Abstract

In this study, we investigated the relationship between physiological, anthropometric, and skill qualities and playing performance in professional rugby league players. Fifty-eight high-performance rugby league players underwent measurements for anthropometry (height, body mass, sum of seven skinfolds), physiological (speed, change of direction speed, lower body muscular power, repeated-sprint ability, prolonged high-intensity intermittent running ability, and estimated maximal aerobic power), technical skill (tackling proficiency, draw and pass proficiency), and perceptual skill (reactive agility, pattern recall, pattern prediction) qualities. National Rugby League matches were coded for attacking (e.g. line breaks, try assists, etc.) and defensive (e.g. missed tackles, tackling efficiency, etc.) statistics commonly used to assess rugby league playing performance. The number of line break assists was significantly associated (P<0.05) with greater playing experience (r=0.36), dual-task draw and pass proficiency (r=0.54), reactive agility (r=0.29), and pattern recall (r 1/4 0.32) and prediction (r 1/4 0.28) ability, while faster speed over 40 m (r=-0.42) was associated (P<0.05) with a higher number of tries scored. Greater age and playing experience, better lower body muscular power, and faster 10 m and 40 m speed were significantly associated (P<0.05) with the number of tackle attempts (positive), tackles completed (positive), and proportion of missed tackles (negative). These findings demonstrate that well-developed physical and skill qualities are associated with effective playing performance in National Rugby League players.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 31 May 2017 01:21
Last Modified: 31 May 2017 01:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: expertise; fitness; performance; skill; team sport;
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: 10.1080/02640414.2011.610346
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32353

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