Change-of-direction deficit vs. deceleration deficit: a comparison of limb dominance and inter-limb asymmetry between forwards and backs in elite male rugby union players

Bishop, Chris ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1505-1287, Clarke, Richard, Freitas, Tomás T. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8571-3189, Arruda, Ademir F. S., Guerriero, Aristide, Ramos, Mauricio S., Pereira, Lucas A. and Loturco, Irineu ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1309-2568 (2020) Change-of-direction deficit vs. deceleration deficit: a comparison of limb dominance and inter-limb asymmetry between forwards and backs in elite male rugby union players. Journal of Sports Sciences . ISSN 0264-0414 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/02640414.2020.1857578)

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Abstract

The aims of the present study were to: 1) determine whether limb dominance and inter-limb asymmetry were the same across both change of direction (COD) and deceleration (DEC) deficits and, 2) determine the association between the COD and DEC-deficits and other physical performance tests in elite male rugby union players. Twenty five players performed a series of bilateral jumps, linear and COD speed tests at the end of the pre-season period. COD and DEC-deficits were calculated for both left and right sides, and inter-limb asymmetry thereafter. Kappa coefficients revealed moderate levels of agreement in limb dominance between COD and DEC-deficits (Kappa = 0.41 on left; 0.48 on right). For the direction of asymmetry, perfect levels of agreement (Kappa = 1) were evident between 505 time and COD-deficit, but only moderate levels of agreement (Kappa = 0.41) between other asymmetry measures. Pearson’s r correlations showed moderate to large relationships between jumps and linear (r = -0.42 to -0.68) and COD speed (r = -0.41 to -0.58), but not with the COD-deficit (r = 0.15 to -0.31), DEC-deficit (r = 0.01 to -0.32) or asymmetry (r = 0.16 to -0.29). When analyzing by playing position, backs were significantly faster than forwards over 15-m (ES = -0.86) and across all jump tests (ES = 0.86-0.94), with the exception of the squat jump. This study is the first to provide a direct comparison of the COD and DEC-deficits and highlights that limb dominance and asymmetry cannot be guaranteed between tasks.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Kappa coefficient, left vs. right, team sports
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute > Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute
Item ID: 31442
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 29 Dec 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2020.1857578
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Depositing User: Chris Bishop
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 10:52
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 05:43
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/31442

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