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Influence of the Opposing Team on the Physical Demands of Elite Rugby League Match-Play.
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PMID:  23037616     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
ABSTRACT: This study investigated the influence of playing standard, and winning and losing on the physical demands of elite rugby league match-play. Twenty-two elite rugby league players participated in this study. Global positioning system data was collected during 16 rugby league matches. Players covered significantly greater (P≤0.05) absolute and relative distance at high speeds when playing against Bottom 4 teams than when competing against Top 4 teams. The total distance per minute of match-play, and relative distance at low speeds were greater when matches were won. In addition, a greater absolute and relative number of maximal accelerations, and repeated high-intensity effort bouts were performed when players were competing in winning teams than when competing in losing teams. The mean and maximum number of efforts in a repeated high-intensity effort bout was also higher in winning teams, although the recovery between efforts was shorter in losing teams. Moderate (7-17 points) and large (≥18 points) winning margins were associated with greater relative distances covered and distances covered at low speeds than small winning margins. No meaningful differences were found in the physical demands between small, moderate, and large losing margins. The results of this study demonstrate that the physical demands of rugby league are greater when winning than when losing, and when competing against lower-ranked teams. Furthermore, larger winning margins are associated with greater physical demands than small and moderate winning margins, with these physical demands in turn, greater than losing margins of any magnitude. These findings suggest that the competitive advantage of successful elite rugby league teams is closely linked to their ability to maintain a higher playing intensity than their less successful counterparts.
Tim J Gabbett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1533-4287     ISO Abbreviation:  J Strength Cond Res     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-5     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:  -    
School of Exercise Science, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia, School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
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