Physical-preparation recommendations for elite rugby sevens performance

Schuster, Jake and Howells, Dan and Robineau, Julien and Couderc, Anthony and Natera, Alex and Lumley, Nick and Gabbett, Tim J. and Winkelman, Nick (2018) Physical-preparation recommendations for elite rugby sevens performance. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 13 (3). pp. 255-267. ISSN 1555-0273

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Rugby sevens, a sport new to the Olympics, features high-intensity intermittent running and contact efforts more than short match durations, normally 6 times across 2 to 3 d in a tournament format. Elite rugby sevens seasons often include over a dozen competitive tournaments over less than 9 months, demanding deliberate and careful training-stress balance and workload management alongside development of the necessary physical qualities required for competition. Focus on running and repeated power skills, strength, and match-specific conditioning capacities is advised. Partial taper approaches in combination with high-speed running (>5 m/s from GPS measures) before and between tournaments in succession may reduce injury rates and enhance performance. In a sport with substantial long-haul intercontinental travel and repetitive chronic load demands, management of logistics including nutrition and recovery is inclusive of the formula for success in the physical preparation of elite rugby sevens athletes.

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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 04:23
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2022 23:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: athletes, athletic performance, competitive behavior, football, humans, physical conditioning, running, Olympics, exercise performance, power, speed
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
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