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, Rich 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


Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between 2 different assessments of tackling ability, physical qualities, and match-play performance in semi-professional rugby league players. A total of 18 semi-professional 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
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2021 02:46
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2021 04:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: Athletic Performance; Body Mass Index; Competitive Behavior; Exercise Test; Football; Humans; Lower Extremity; Male; Motor Skills; Muscle Strength; Upper Extremity; Video Recording; Young Adult
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
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1123/ijspp.2017-0593
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/44640

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