Officiating role influences the physical match activity profiles of rugby league touch judges and referees

Pearce, Leesa, Woods, Carl, Sinclair, Wade, and Leicht, Anthony (2017) Officiating role influences the physical match activity profiles of rugby league touch judges and referees. Journal of Human Kinetics, 58 (1). pp. 225-231.

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Abstract

This study investigated the effect of the officiating role on physical activity profiles of rugby league match officials during match-play. Physical performance indicators were collated from 23 match officials, resulting in 78 observations. Match officials were categorised into two groups: referees and touch judges. Microtechnology facilitated the quantification of total distance (m), relative distance (m·min-1), maximum velocity (m·s-1), the percentage of high intensity running distance (% total >3.01 m·s-1), walking distance (<1 m·s-1), jogging distance (1.01 – 3 m·s-1), fast jogging distance (3.01 -5 m·s-1), and sprinting distance (>5 m·s-1). Multivariate analysis modelled the main effect of the officiating role with follow up univariate analyses identifying significant differences. A significant effect was noted (V = 750; F(8, 66) = 24.71; p < 0.05) with referees covering a greater total distance (7767 ±585 vs. 7022 ±759 m), relative distance (90 ±6 vs. 82 ±8 m·min-1), jogging distance (3772 ±752 vs. 3110 ±553 m), and fast jogging distance (2565 ±631 vs. 1816 ±440 m) compared to touch judges. Touch judges covered greater distances while sprinting (1012 ±385 vs. 654 ±241 m). Results provide important guidance in the development of training programs for match officials.

Item ID: 49571
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1899-7562
Keywords: microtechnology; referee; team sport; performance analysis.
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2017 23:26
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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