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Comparison of the Anthropometric and Physical Characteristics of International and Provincial Rugby Sevens Players.
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PMID:  25229160     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: Anthropometrical and physical characteristics have been used to distinguish players of different competition levels and position groups; however, there is no literature within rugby sevens. The purpose of this study was to compare the anthropometrical and physical characteristics of international and provincial rugby sevens players and between forwards and backs.
METHODS: To assess whether differences exist, 65 rugby sevens players including 22 international players and 43 provincial level players were assessed for height, mass, body composition, speed, repeated sprint ability, lower body power, upper body strength, and maximal aerobic endurance during in-season preparation for tournaments.
RESULTS: Clear differences (2.8 - 32%; small to very large effect sizes) were observed in all anthropometrical and physical measures between international and provincial players, with the largest differences observed in repeat sprint ability (5.7%; very large effect size), 40 m sprint time (4.4%; large effect size), 50 kg squat jump peak power (32%; large effect size), and multi stage fitness test performance (19%; large effect size). Fewer and smaller differences (0.7 - 14%; trivial to large effect sizes) were found when comparing forwards and backs, with body height being the most discriminant characteristic (3.5%; large effect size).
CONCLUSIONS: Lower level rugby sevens players should seek to improve their overall physical profile, particularly their repeat sprint ability, to reach higher levels in rugby sevens. Furthermore, positional status may have little importance when preparing for rugby sevens.
Alex Ross; Nicholas D Gill; John B Cronin
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-9-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of sports physiology and performance     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1555-0265     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Sports Physiol Perform     Publication Date:  2014 Sep 
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Created Date:  2014-9-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101276430     Medline TA:  Int J Sports Physiol Perform     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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