Title

Contextual review of physical requirements of refereeing Rugby Union at an elite level

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Strength and Conditioning Journal

Publisher

Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

29504

Comments

Originally published as: Blair, M. R., Cronin, J. B., Rehrer, N. J., Button, C., & Gill, N. D. (2018). Contextual review of physical requirements of refereeing rugby union at an elite level. Strength and Conditioning Journal, 40(2), 17-30. Original publication available here

Abstract

Rugby Union referees often determine the outcome of matches, which highlights the importance of their physical conditioning and decision-making ability. This article reviews the limited pool of research related to the physical demands of refereeing 15-a-side Rugby Union within the context of match officials from other team sports. Decision-making investigations are critically discussed, and current physical monitoring assessments are presented along with training recommendations for strength and conditioning coaches. For a video abstract of this article, see supplemental digital content 1 (see video, http://links.lww.com/scj/a221).

DOI

10.1519/SSC.0000000000000352

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