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The physical characteristics of match-play in English schoolboy and academy rugby union

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Sports Sciences, May 2017
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Title
The physical characteristics of match-play in English schoolboy and academy rugby union
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Journal of Sports Sciences, May 2017
DOI 10.1080/02640414.2017.1329546
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Dale B. Read, Ben Jones, Padraic J. Phibbs, Gregory A. B. Roe, Joshua Darrall-Jones, Jonathon J. S. Weakley, Kevin Till

Abstract

The aim was to compare the physical characteristics of under-18 academy and schoolboy rugby union competition by position (forwards and backs). Using a microsensor unit, match characteristics were recorded in 66 players. Locomotor characteristics were assessed by maximum sprint speed (MSS) and total, walking, jogging, striding and sprinting distances. The slow component (<2 m · s(-1)) of PlayerLoad(TM) (PLslow), which is the accumulated accelerations from the three axes of movement, was analysed as a measure of low-speed activity (e.g., rucking). A linear mixed-model was assessed with magnitude-based inferences. Academy forwards and backs almost certainly and very likely covered greater total distance than school forwards and backs. Academy players from both positions were also very likely to cover greater jogging distances. Academy backs were very likely to accumulate greater PLslow and the academy forwards a likely greater sprinting distance than school players in their respective positions. The MSS, total, walking and sprinting distances were greater in backs (likely-almost certainly), while forwards accumulated greater PLslow (almost certainly) and jogging distance (very likely). The results suggest that academy-standard rugby better prepares players to progress to senior competition compared to schoolboy rugby.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 65 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 16 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 18%
Student > Bachelor 7 11%
Student > Postgraduate 5 8%
Researcher 4 6%
Other 10 15%
Unknown 11 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Sports and Recreations 33 51%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 3%
Social Sciences 2 3%
Other 5 8%
Unknown 16 25%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 49. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 May 2018.
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#525,799
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#187
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#5
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