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Match-play movement demands of international and domestic women’s rugby sevens players in an elite dual-level tournament


Brosnan, RJ and Visentin, D and Watson, G and Twentyman, C and Stuart, W and Schmidt, M, Match-play movement demands of international and domestic women's rugby sevens players in an elite dual-level tournament, Science and Medicine in Football pp. 1-10. ISSN 2473-4446 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/24733938.2022.2153157


Objectives: To characterize and compare match-play movement demands via Global Positioning Systems (GPS) between international and domestic women’s rugby sevens players performing in a novel elite dual-level tournament, with consideration to position and tournament characteristics.

Methods: Match-play movement demands were characterized by distance, speed, and acceleration-based indices from 5 to 10 Hz GPS devices.

Results: International players recorded significantly higher high-intensity match-play movement demands compared to domestic players in distance in high and very high-speed zones (P = 0.01, P = 0.03, P = 0.01, P = 0.03), maximal acceleration (P = 0.001), maximal velocity (P < .001), speed exertion (P = 0.01),       , and acceleration load density (P = 0.03)   . Positional analysis demonstrated forwards displayed the largest significant differences between international and domestic players. . Total and relative match-play movement demands of the dual-leveltournament also showed comparable demands to previous international tournament research .

Conclusions: Results identify key points of difference in match-play movement demands between player levels in women’s rugby sevens, and provides important information on the characteristics of playing positions, and of a dual-level tournament of this nature. This will improve the design and implementation of structures from domestic to international level.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:GPS, Women's Rugby Sevens, International, Domestic
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Sport, exercise and recreation
Objective Field:Organised sports
UTAS Author:Brosnan, RJ (Mr Ross Brosnan)
UTAS Author:Visentin, D (Dr Denis Visentin)
UTAS Author:Watson, G (Dr Greig Watson)
UTAS Author:Schmidt, M (Mr Matthew Schmidt)
ID Code:154540
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2022-12-12
Last Modified:2023-01-11

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