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The Effect of Body Mass on the 30-15 Intermittent Fitness Test in Rugby Union Players

Darrall-Jones, J and Roe, G and Carney, S and Clayton, R and Phibbs, P and Read, D and Weakley, J and Till, KA and Jones, B (2016) The Effect of Body Mass on the 30-15 Intermittent Fitness Test in Rugby Union Players. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 11 (3). pp. 400-403. ISSN 1555-0265

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Abstract

PURPOSE To A) evaluate the difference in performance of the 30-15 Intermittent Fitness Test (30-15IFT) across four squads in a professional rugby union club in the United Kingdom (UK), and B) consider body mass in the interpretation of the end velocity of the 30-15IFT (VIFT). METHODS: One hundred and fourteen rugby union players completed the 30-15IFT mid- season. RESULTS: VIFT demonstrated small and possibly lower (ES = -0.33; 4/29/67) values in the Under 16s compared to the Under 21s, with further comparisons unclear. With body mass included as a covariate all differences were moderate to large, and very likely to almost certainly lower in the squads with lower body mass, with the exception of comparisons between Senior and Under 21 squads. CONCLUSIONS: The data demonstrate that there appears to be a ceiling to the VIFT attained in rugby union players which does not increase from Under 16s to Senior level. However, the associated increases in body mass with increased playing level suggest that the ability to perform high intensity running is increased with age, although not translated into greater VIFT due to the detrimental effect of body mass on change of direction. . Practitioners should be aware that VIFT is unlikely to improve, however it needs to be monitored during periods where increases in body mass are evident.

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