Rugby Match analysis techniques: a critique of current methodology

Dec 12, 2014 | ACADEMY

A study of the University of New England, Amidale, Australia

The current methodology for rugby game analysis techniques is subject to criticism. Accurate quantification of training volume and intensity is one of the main factors of monitoring training loads. From a periodization perspective, being able to characterise exercise during match-play allows setting analytical training methods to obtain desirable peaks in performance. This study on rugby match analysis, conducted by the University of New England (NSW, Australia), presents a criterion used to identify running high-intensity events.

This methodology, featured in the GPEXE analysis software, identifies high-intensity events using the metabolic power curve. Each event is subsequently described in terms of duration and distance covered, a 'vocabulary' coaches are familiar with, allowing for the straightforward implementation...


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