Influence of field position and phase of play on the physical demands of match-play in professional rugby league forwards

Gabbett, Tim J., Polley, Chris, Dwyer, Dan B., Kearnet, Simon and Corvo, Alex 2014, Influence of field position and phase of play on the physical demands of match-play in professional rugby league forwards, Journal of science and medicine in sport, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 556-561, doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.08.002.

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Title Influence of field position and phase of play on the physical demands of match-play in professional rugby league forwards
Author(s) Gabbett, Tim J.
Polley, Chris
Dwyer, Dan B.ORCID iD for Dwyer, Dan B.
Kearnet, Simon
Corvo, Alex
Journal name Journal of science and medicine in sport
Volume number 17
Issue number 5
Start page 556
End page 561
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Chatswood, N.S.W.
Publication date 2014-09
ISSN 1440-2440
Keyword(s) time-motion analysis
team sports
activity profiles
Summary This article describes the utilisation of an unsupervised machine learning technique and statistical approaches (e.g., the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test) that assist cycling experts in the crucial decision-making processes for athlete selection, training, and strategic planning in the track cycling Omnium. The Omnium is a multi-event competition that will be included in the summer Olympic Games for the first time in 2012. Presently, selectors and cycling coaches make decisions based on experience and intuition. They rarely have access to objective data. We analysed both the old five-event (first raced internationally in 2007) and new six-event (first raced internationally in 2011) Omniums and found that the addition of the elimination race component to the Omnium has, contrary to expectations, not favoured track endurance riders. We analysed the Omnium data and also determined the inter-relationships between different individual events as well as between those events and the final standings of riders. In further analysis, we found that there is no maximum ranking (poorest performance) in each individual event that riders can afford whilst still winning a medal. We also found the required times for riders to finish the timed components that are necessary for medal winning. The results of this study consider the scoring system of the Omnium and inform decision-making toward successful participation in future major Omnium competitions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2013.08.002
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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