Differential training loads and individual fitness responses to pre-season in professional rugby union players

McLaren, S.J., Smith, A., Bartlett, J.D., Spears, I.R. ORCID: 0000-0003-4982-2841 and Weston, M., 2018. Differential training loads and individual fitness responses to pre-season in professional rugby union players. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36 (21), pp. 2438-2446. ISSN 0264-0414

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Abstract

We aimed to compare differentiated training loads (TL) between fitness responders and non-responders to an eight-week pre-season training period in a squad of thirty-five professional rugby union players. Differential TL were calculated by multiplying player’s perceptions of breathlessness (sRPE-B) and leg muscle exertion (sRPE-L) with training duration for each completed session. Performance-based fitness measures included the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test Level 1 (YYIRTL1), 10-, 20-, and 30-m linear sprint times, countermovement jump height (CMJ) and predicted one-repetition maximum back squat (P1RM Squat). The proportion of responders (≥ 75% chance that the observed change in fitness was > typical error and smallest worthwhile change) were 37%, 50%, 52%, 82% and 70% for YYIRTL1, 20/30-m, 10-m, CMJ and P1RM Squat, respectively. Weekly sRPE-B-TL was very likely higher in YYIRTL1 responders (mean difference = 18%; ±90% confidence limits 11%), likely lower in 20/30-m (19%; ±20%) and 10-m (18%; ±17%) responders, and likely higher in CMJ responders (15%; ±16%). All other comparisons were unclear. Weekly sRPE-B discriminate between rugby union players who respond to pre-season training when compared with players who do not. Our findings support the collection of differential ratings of perceived exertion and the use of individual response analysis in team-sport athletes.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Sports Sciences
Creators: McLaren, S.J., Smith, A., Bartlett, J.D., Spears, I.R. and Weston, M.
Date: 2018
Volume: 36
Number: 21
ISSN: 0264-0414
Identifiers:
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10.1080/02640414.2018.1461449DOI
Rights: © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 09 Aug 2019 13:06
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 13:06
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/37208

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