Furlan – Perceptual effects of a congested day of simulated Rugby Sevens

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AIM

In attempt to assess the effects of a new Rugby Sevens simulation protocol (R7SP), the aim of this study was to investigate the perceptual responses to a simulated day of Rugby Sevens.

METHODS

Ten male representative-level rugby players (stature 184 ± 6 m, body mass 86 ± 8 kg, age 22 ± 4 y) performed three R7SP interspersed by a 2 h period. Participants’ subjective ratings of ‘readiness for exercise’, ‘fatigue’ and ‘muscular pain’ were assessed using a 10-cm visual-analog scale at arrival (PRE) and 1 h following the last R7SP (POST).

RESULTS

At POST, perceived fatigue and muscle pain increased almost certainly from PRE (large effect), while readiness for exercise almost certainly decreased (large effect).

CONCLUSION

Players undertaking a congested schedule of R7SP are expected to experience increases in perceived fatigue and muscle pain as well as reduction in readiness for exercise.

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