Effect of different rugby league warm ups on performance and perceptions of readiness to perform

Pringle, Fiona A., Sealey, Rebecca M., Sinclair, Wade H., and Bowman, Paul W. (2013) Effect of different rugby league warm ups on performance and perceptions of readiness to perform. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 21 (Supplement 1). pp. 57-60.

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine whether a dynamic-based warm up of shorter duration and higher intensity (DSH) was more effective at preparing elite rugby league players for performance, than a warm up that included combined static and dynamic activities of longer duration and lower intensity (CLL). Elite rugby league players (n=28) completed the warm up routines in random order, separated by 7 days. Following each warm up, players completed vertical jump and 40 m sprint assessments. The DSH warm up was significantly shorter in duration (DSH: 16 ± 1 min vs CLL: 22 ± 1 min, p = 0.013) and higher in intensity (average heart rate: DSH: 122 ± 14 bpm vs CLL: 115 ± 11 bpm, p = 0.009) than the CLL warm up. The DSH warm up resulted in significantly faster 40 m sprint time (DSH: 5.26 ± 0.13 s vs CLL: 5.34 ± 0.22 s, p = 0.033) with no difference in vertical jump (DSH: 0.59 ± 0.05 m vs CLL: 0.6 ± 0.05 m), 10 m (DSH: 1.63 ± 0.05 s vs CLL: 1.67 ± 0.09s) and 20 m (DSH: 2.91 ± 0.06 vs CLL: 2.95 ± 0.12 s) sprint time. After using the DSH warm up in three pre-season trial games, players and coaches rated the DSH warm up significantly better at preparing players for performance (DSH: 7.6 ± 1.3 vs CLL: 6.0 ± 1.1, p = 0.019). In conclusion this study unveiled contrasting evidence for the use of a DSH warm up and requires further investigation.

Item ID: 26868
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1836-649X
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 22:50
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950102 Organised Sports @ 100%
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