Title

Comparison of running characteristics and heart rate response of international and national female rugby sevens players during competitive matches

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

ECU Health and Wellness Institute

RAS ID

18879

Comments

This article was originally published as: Portillo J., Gonzalez-Rave J.M., Juarez D., Garcia J.M., Suarez-Arrones L., & Newton R.U. (2014). Comparison of running characteristics and heart rate response of international and national female rugby sevens players during competitive matches. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(8), 2281-2289. Original article available here

Abstract

This study compared the activity profile of national and international female rugby sevens players during competitive matches. Twenty rugby sevens female players were recruited, 10 were members of the Spanish National Team (26.27 ± 4.05 years, 65.39 ± 5.01 kg, 166.72 ± 6.70 cm) and 10 were amateur athletes from a Spanish rugby championship (32.12 ± 6.40 years, 66.48 ± 5.38 kg of body mass, 167.37 ± 3.02 cm). Data collection was conducted over 4 matches in each of the 2 tournaments, national and international. Distance, velocity, and heart rate (HR) were recorded using global positioning system devices for all participants throughout each match. There were significant differences (p < 0.01) in total distance (1642 ± 171 vs. 1363 ± 222 m), average speed (6.0 ± 0.3 vs. 5.2 ± 0.6 km·h-1), number of sprints (6.1 ± 3.1 vs. 1.9 ± 1.4 sprints), and distance covered in sprinting (118.8 ± 61.4 vs. 47.0 ± 38.8 m). Significant differences were found at >95% maximum HR (HRmax), both for the first (p < 0.01) and second half (p ≤ 0.05). The work-rest ratio was significantly different (p < 0.01) between international (1:0.3) and national players (1:0.4). Significant differences were found in accelerations above 2 m·s-2 in the first and second half between the 2 groups. These findings suggest that distance covered in a match and speed are considerably different between international and national rugby sevens players, and this is reflected as higher intensity of play with consequently higher HR. Coaches may use this information to design specific running drills for this athlete population to match the requirements of national or international game play.

DOI

10.1519/JSC.0000000000000393

Access Rights

not open access

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