Interrelationships between measured running intensities and agility performance in subelite rugby union players

Stuart Jarvis, Lee O. Sullivan, Bruce Davies, Huw Wiltshire, Julien S. Baker

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate agility performance of rugby players using various intensity running tests. A further aim was to investigate if any differences existed between playing positions in relation to agility performance. Nineteen subelite players (mean ± SD age, 23.0 ± 5.4 years) participated in the study. Players underwent measurements of anthropometry (height, body mass, and sum of four skinfolds). Running tests investigated were speed (10 m and 40 m sprint), agility (T Test and Illinois), and multistage fitness tests (20 m, 10 m, and 5 m), with all tests for agility measured against the Illinois agility test. Results indicated that backline players produced significant correlations (P < 0.05) in agility compared with forwards. The findings indicate that developing or using existing rugby-specific agility programs to aid performance may be of greater benefit and of higher priority in training programs designed for backs rather than forwards.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-230
Number of pages14
JournalResearch in Sports Medicine
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009

Keywords

  • rugby union
  • field tests
  • agility
  • performance
  • fitness profile

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