Assessing the frequency and magnitude of match impacts accrued during an elite rugby union playing season

Grainger, A, McMahon, JJ and Comfort, P ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1131-8626 2018, 'Assessing the frequency and magnitude of match impacts accrued during an elite rugby union playing season' , International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport, 18 (4) , pp. 507-522.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to identify position-related differences in absolute and relative match impacts in rugby union. Thirty-eight subjects were tracked, using GPS units containing inertial sensors, across one full playing season (n = 462 data sets). No difference in the number of impacts >9.01 G were observed between forwards (229 ± 160) and backs (226 ± 151). Forwards, however, experienced a greater absolute (p = 0.03) and relative (p = 0.003) number of impacts >13 G compared to backs. Full backs experienced the highest frequency of absolute impacts >9.01 G, which was significantly greater compared to locks (p = 0.001, d = 1.84), back row (p = 0.003, d = 0.68), out half (p = 0.036, d = 1.24) and wingers (p = 0.036, d = 0.76). Hookers experienced the highest relative frequency of impacts >9.01 G, which was significantly greater than locks (p < 0.001, d = 2.06), back row (p = 0.001, d = 1.10), outside halves (p = 0.001, d = 1.44) and wingers (p < 0.001, d = 1.19). Coaches should consider these findings when planning training sessions, as the frequency and magnitude of impacts experienced by positional groups vary during match play.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1474-8185
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Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 08:52
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2018 08:52
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/48002

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