RELIABILITY OF JUMP AND PERFORMANCE MEASURES IN RUGBY UNION PLAYERS

  • Randall L. Jensen
  • Laura-Anne M. Furlong
  • Darragh Graham
  • Andrew J. Harrison
Keywords: reactive strength index, fitness tests, agility, sprinting, stretch shortening cycle

Abstract

The current study examined the reliability of countermovement (CMJ), squat (SJ), and rebound jumps (RBJ) to sprint and estimated 1RM back squat (SQ) of sub-elite Rugby Union players drawn from two teams of similar competitive level. Comparisons of mean performance on all tests were made via Student t-tests. The three trial reliability of jump height for the SJ, CMJ, RBJ, contact time (CT) and Reactive Strength Index for the RBJ, T-Test agility run (TA-Test), 30 and 36.58 m (40 yd) sprint times were estimated via ICC and ReANOVA. All variables displayed Average measures ICC ≥ .900; and except for the TA-Test, the three trials did not differ from each other. The performance of the two teams was found to be similar on all tests except the 30 m and 40 yd sprint tests. All the studied performance measures could be reliably assessed with one trial, except the TA-test.
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities