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Match-play movement demands of international and domestic women’s rugby sevens players in an elite dual-level tournament

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posted on 2023-05-21, 15:17 authored by Ross BrosnanRoss Brosnan, Denis VisentinDenis Visentin, Greig WatsonGreig Watson, Twentyman, C, Stuart, W, Matthew SchmidtMatthew Schmidt
Objectives: To characterize and compare match-play movement demands via Global Positioning Systems (GPS) between international and domestic women’s rugby sevens players performing in a novel elite dual-level tournament, with consideration to position and tournament characteristics.

Methods: Match-play movement demands were characterized by distance, speed, and acceleration-based indices from 5 to 10 Hz GPS devices.

Results: International players recorded significantly higher high-intensity match-play movement demands compared to domestic players in distance in high and very high-speed zones (P = 0.01, P = 0.03, P = 0.01, P = 0.03), maximal acceleration (P = 0.001), maximal velocity (P < .001), speed exertion (P = 0.01),       , and acceleration load density (P = 0.03)   . Positional analysis demonstrated forwards displayed the largest significant differences between international and domestic players. . Total and relative match-play movement demands of the dual-leveltournament also showed comparable demands to previous international tournament research .

Conclusions: Results identify key points of difference in match-play movement demands between player levels in women’s rugby sevens, and provides important information on the characteristics of playing positions, and of a dual-level tournament of this nature. This will improve the design and implementation of structures from domestic to international level.


Publication title

Science and Medicine in Football






School of Health Sciences


Taylor & Francis

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United Kingdom

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