Anthropometric, Physiological and Selection Characteristics in High Performance UK Junior Rugby League Players

Kevin Till, Steve Cobley, John O'Hara, Chris Chapman, Carlton Cooke

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    Abstract

    The present study examined relationships between anthropometric, physiological and selection characteristics of junior (N=683; aged 13-16) representative Rugby League players who underwent a battery of tests (e.g., height; O2max) as part of a national talent development program. Considerate of playing position (categorised as 'Outside-Backs', 'Pivots', 'Props', 'Backrow'), 'Props' were more likely to be the relatively oldest and most mature. However, MANCOVA - with chronological age and maturation controlled - also identified that 'Props' were the worst performing on physiological tests. To add, physiological characteristics did not differ according to relative age. Findings suggest that relationships between anthropometric and physiological characteristics are not consistent with biases in selection, which raises issues regarding identification for immediate and long-term player selection and development

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)193-207
    Number of pages15
    JournalTalent Development and Excellence
    Volume2
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

    Keywords

    • Maturation
    • Performance
    • Relative age effects
    • Talent identification

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