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J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 1999 Jun;39(2):160-4.

Investigation of anthropometric and work-rate profiles of Rugby Sevens players.

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Unisport, Centro de Evaluacion y Orientation Fisica-Deportiva, Montevideo, Uruguay.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

To describe anthropometric and match performance profiles of international Rugby Sevens players and explore correlations between anthropometric characteristics and work-rates in matches.

METHODS:

Profiles were compared by means of multivariate analysis and correlation techniques.

SETTINGS:

measurements were made on players participating in the 1996 International Rugby Sevens tournament in Uruguay.

SUBJECTS:

Thirty male players.

MEASURES:

work-rate analysis during matches (n = 30) and a comprehensive anthropometry profile of 27 of the 30 players.

RESULTS:

Forwards had more mass (whole-body, adipose tissue, muscle) than backs, jogged more frequently and paused more often. High intensity activity was negatively correlated with muscle mass and with mesomorphy.

CONCLUSIONS:

Anthropometric features are related to components of match play in Rugby Sevens but do not necessarily determine whether a game is won or lost.

PMID:
10399426
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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