The effect of contextual factors on physiological and activity profiles in international women's rugby sevens

Goodale, Tyler L. and Gabbett, Tim J. and Tsai, Ming-Chang and Stellingwerff, Trent and Sheppard, Jeremy (2017) The effect of contextual factors on physiological and activity profiles in international women's rugby sevens. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12 (3). pp. 370-376. ISSN 1555-0265

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of contextual game factors on activity and physiological profiles of international-level women's rugby sevens players.

METHODS: Twenty international-level female rugby sevens players from the same national team participated in this study. Global positioning system and heart-rate data were collected at 5 World Rugby Women's Sevens Series events (2013-14 season).

RESULTS: Total, moderate-speed (0.2-3.5 m/s), and high-speed running (3.5-5.0 m/s) distances were significantly greater in the first half (20.1% +/- 4.1%, 17.6% +/- 6.9%, 24.5% +/- 7.8%), during losses (11.4% +/- 6.1%, 6.1% +/- 6.4%, 26.9% +/- 9.8%), during losses of large magnitudes (>/=2 tries) (12.9% +/- 8.8%, 6.8% +/- 10.0%, 31.2% +/- 14.9%), and against top-4 opponents (12.6% +/- 8.7%, 11.3% +/- 8.5%, 15.5% +/- 13.9%). In addition, total distance increased (5.0% +/- 5.5%) significantly from day 1 to day 2 of tournaments, and very-high-speed (5.0-6.5 m/s) running distance increased significantly (26.0% +/- 14.2%) during losses. Time spent between 90% and 100% of maximum heart rate (16.4% +/- 14.5%) and player load (19.0% +/- 5.1%) were significantly greater in the second half. No significant differences in physiological or activity profiles were observed between forwards and backs.

CONCLUSIONS: Game half, game outcome, tournament day, opponent rank, and margin of outcome all affected activity profiles, whereas game half affected physiological profiles. No differences in activity or physiological profiles were found between playing positions. Practitioners are advised to develop high-speed running ability in women's rugby sevens players to prepare them to tolerate the varying factors that affect activity profiles.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2019 02:53
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 02:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: accelerometry, competitive behavior, football, geographic information systems, heart rate, physical exertion, running, Gps, female athletes, game outcome, microtechnology
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1123/ijspp.2015-0711
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36405

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