Male Academy rugby union student-athletes in-season physical anthropometrical and physical performance changes, and comparisons with available data

Background: Physical performance demands of the rugby union (RU) game have increased over the past two decades. However, there are little data on these variables concentrating on developing RU players (student-athletes) over a competitive season.Objectives: To investigate the potential enhancement o...

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Published in: South African journal of sports medicine Vol. 30; no. 1; pp. 1 - 5
Main Authors: Niven, B, Rishiraj, N
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: Sandton South African Sports Medicine Association 01-01-2018
Health and Medical Publishing Group
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Summary: Background: Physical performance demands of the rugby union (RU) game have increased over the past two decades. However, there are little data on these variables concentrating on developing RU players (student-athletes) over a competitive season.Objectives: To investigate the potential enhancement of two physical anthropometrical and nine physical performance variables of male New Zealand RU Academy student-athletes over a competitive season and compare with similar published data.Methods: Twenty student-athletes were recruited to the Otago Rugby Football Union (ORFU) two-year Academy Programme. Each week the student-athletes engaged in 25 hours of strength and conditioning training and participated in 15 hours of on-field rugby training with their respective ORFU Premier League team. Assessments sessions were scheduled for the start of the season, in-season, and pre-play-offs (week 31).Results: Mean data from 20 student-athletes demonstrated a trivial effect size (ES) increase in body weight and skinfold measurements, while a paired t-test (p
ISSN: 1015-5163
2078-516X
DOI: 10.17159/2078-516X/2018/v30i1a5577