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Changes in Selected Physical, Motor Performance and Anthropometric Components of University-Level Rugby Players After One Microcycle of a Combined Rugby Conditioning and Plyometric Training Program.
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PMID:  22531616     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a microcycle (4-week) combined rugby conditioning-plyometric compared to a non-plyometric rugby conditioning program on selected physical, motor performance components and anthropometric measurements of university-level rugby players. Players (18.94 ± 0.40 years) were assigned to either a control (n = 16) or experimental group (n = 19) from the u/19 rugby teams of the North-West University (South Africa). Twenty-six direct and indirect anthropometric measurements were taken and the players performed a battery of 5 physical and motor performance tests before and after a microcycle (4-week) combined rugby conditioning-plyometric (experimental group) and a non-plyometric rugby-conditioning program (control group). The dependent t-test results showed that the control group's upper body explosive power decreased significantly, whereas the stature, skeletal mass and femur breadth increased significantly from pre to post-testing. The experimental group showed significant increases in wrist breadth, speed over 20 m, agility as well as in the power and work measurements of the WAnT. In spite of these results the independent t-test revealed that speed over 20 m, average power output at 20 s, relative work of the WAnT and agility were the only components of the experimental group that improved significantly more than the control group. A microcycle combined rugby conditioning-plyometric program therefore leads to significantly bigger changes in selected physical and motor performance components of university-level rugby players than a non-plyometric rugby-conditioning program alone. Based on these findings, coaches and sport scientists should implement three weekly combined rugby conditioning-plyometric programs in rugby players' training regimens to improve the players' speed, agility and power.
Cindy Pienaar; Ben Coetzee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1533-4287     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415084     Medline TA:  J Strength Cond Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department: Physical Activity, Sport and Recreation Focus Area, Faculty of Health Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, Potchefstroom, South Africa.
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