A field-based fitness testing battery for Rugby League

Coneyworth, Paul, Ward, Nick and Turner, Anthony N. (2012) A field-based fitness testing battery for Rugby League. Professional Strength & Conditioning (25). pp. 4-9.

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Abstract

Rugby league football originated in the north of England in the 1890’s and is now played globally. Participating nations in the southern hemisphere include Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa, with only the British Isles (England, Scotland, and Wales), Ireland, and France representing the Northern Hemisphere. Currently, little data exists regarding the physical demands of professional rugby league, with evidence being solely represented through sub-elite10 and junior players.18 This knowledge however, is fundamental when designing strength and conditioning programmes and specific to this article, fitness testing
batteries.
Therefore, the purpose of this article is two fold. Firstly, to conduct a needs analysis of rugby league and thus identify the fundamental fitness parameters. Then secondly, compare and contrast tests deemed suitable to assess these and from which a testing battery will be advised. The fitness testing battery will also be considered based on the practical experience gained from working with professional rugby league teams. This is an important step in bridging the gap between the theory and
application of sport science, whereby the constraints of the work place can also be commented on.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 14639
Notes on copyright: The attached document is the published version of an article published by The UK Strength & Conditioning Association (UKSCA) in the journal Professional Strength & Conditioning, Issue 25, Spring 2012 © UKSCA. Permission was granted, on the 16/10/15, by UKSCA (http://www.uksca.org.uk) to make the full text available in this repository.
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Depositing User: Anthony Turner
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 12:38
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 21:15
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14639

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