A Brief Review of Methods to Quantify High-Speed Running in Rugby League: Are Current Methods Appropriate?
Bennett, Tom; Marshall, Phil; Barrett, Steve; Malone, James; McLaren-Towlson, Christopher
Mr Phil Marshall Phil.Marshall@hull.ac.uk
Lecturer in Strength & Conditioning
Dr Christopher McLaren-Towlson C.Towlson@hull.ac.uk
Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Performance Science
High-speed running (HSR) has been documented within rugby league to differentiate playing standard, position and often precedes pivotal match events. Practitioners and researchers place importance on HSR due to its inclusion in assessing the demands of training and match-play to help prescribe accurate training loads and recovery methods. High-speed running can be quantified in absolute terms whereby the same threshold speed is applied to all players (e.g., 5.0m∙s-1). Within rugby league, differences in tactical demand, anthropometric and physical fitness characteristics exist between positions and players, suggesting that absolute HSR thresholds may not be appropriate due to under and over estimations of HSR data. Alternatively, practitioners may individualize the threshold speed to individual players physical qualities such as peak sprint speed, maximal aerobic speed (MAS) or the speed at which the ventilatory thresholds occur. Individualizing HSR warrants the practitioner to select a valid and practical test to quantify the HSR threshold speed. It is suggested that using peak sprint speed to quantify HSR can produce erroneous interpretation of HSR data whilst the practicality of specific physiological derived thresholds can be questioned. Implementing MAS to quantify HSR using a set time/distance trial may be the most appropriate approach for rugby league practitioners.
Bennett, T., Marshall, P., Barrett, S., Malone, J., & McLaren-Towlson, C. (2021). A Brief Review of Methods to Quantify High-Speed Running in Rugby League: Are Current Methods Appropriate?. Strength and conditioning journal, https://doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0000000000000693
|Journal Article Type||Review|
|Acceptance Date||Nov 1, 2021|
|Online Publication Date||Nov 11, 2021|
|Publication Date||Nov 11, 2021|
|Deposit Date||Nov 26, 2021|
|Publicly Available Date||Nov 12, 2022|
|Journal||Strength and Conditioning Journal|
|Publisher||Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Global Positioning Systems, Individualized, Maximal Aerobic Speed, Metabolic Power, Training Load|
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