Relationship between 2 standardized tackling proficiency tests and rugby league match-play tackle performance

Speranza, Michael J. A. and Gabbett, Tim J. and Greene, David A. and Johnston, Richard D. and Townshend, Andrew D. (2018) Relationship between 2 standardized tackling proficiency tests and rugby league match-play tackle performance. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 13 (6). pp. 770-776. ISSN 1555-0265

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Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between 2 different assessments of tackling ability, physical qualities, and match-play performance in semiprofessional rugby league players. A total of 18 semiprofessional rugby league players (mean [SD]: age = 23.1 [2.0] y and body mass = 98.8 [11.8] kg) underwent tests of upper- and lower-body strength and power. Tackling ability was assessed using video analysis of under- and over-the-ball tackle drills. A total of 2360 tackles were analyzed from match play. Over-the-ball tackle ability was positively related to the proportion of dominant tackles (Spearman rank-order correlation coefficients [rs] = .52; 95% confidence interval [CI] .07-.79, P = .03) and average play-the-ball speeds (rs = .50; 95% CI .04-.78, P = .03) and negatively related to tackles that conceded offloads (rs = -.55; 95% CI -.78 to .04, P = .04). Under-the-ball tackle ability was significantly related to the proportion of dominant tackles (rs = .57; 95% CI .14-.82, P = .01) and missed tackles (rs = -.48; 95% CI -.77 to .02, P = .05). Good over-the-ball tacklers performed proportionally more dominant tackles, allowed significantly fewer offloads, and had longer average play-the-ball speeds. Good under-the-ball tacklers missed proportionately fewer tackles. This study suggests that both the under-the-ball and over-the-ball standardized tackle assessments are associated with varying indicators of match-play tackle performance and justifies the practical utility of these tests to assess and develop both types of tackles.


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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 04:34
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 01:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: athletic performance, football, muscle strength, young adult, Body Mass Index, competitive behavior, exercise test, football, humans, lower extremity, male, motor skills, muscle strength, upper extremity, video recording, young adult; collision, contact, defense, power, strength, wrestle
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.2017-0593
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36435

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