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THE JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS
A Journal on Applied Physiology, Biomechanics, Preventive Medicine,
Sports Medicine and Traumatology, Sports Psychology
Indexed/Abstracted in: Chemical Abstracts, CINAHL, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 1999 June;39(2):160-4
Investigation of anthropometric and work-rate profiles of Rugby Sevens players
Rienzi E. 1, Reilly T. 2, Malkin C. 2
1 Unisport, Centro de Evaluacion y Orientation Fisica-Deportiva, Montevideo, Uruguay;
2 Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
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.