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Introduction
LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
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Locomotion metrics

Locomotion demands

Table 2 below summarises key metrics representing the main locomotion demands (distance covered) in the sevens game for men and women. Note that the data described is for men’s at club level and women’s at international level.

Metric
Sevens Game

Men Women
Total distance (m)

1580+/-146

1556+/- 189

Total relative distance covered (m/min)

102.3+/- 9.8

111

Standing, walking, (<6km/hr) total distance (m)

549.7+/-79.1

462.6+/- 94.6

Striding (14.1 – 18.0 kph) total distance (m)

244.5+/-80.1

255.7+/- 88.3

High intensity running (> 18.1-20.0 kph) total distance (m)

79.5 +/- 37.2

57.1+/-40.8

Sprints (>20.1 km/hr) total distance (m)

137.7+/- 84.9

84.0+/-64.8

Mean speed (km/hr)

6.4 +/- 0.6

6.2 +/- 0.6

Max speed – individual player (kph)

29.9

28.3

Longest sprint distance (m)

67.1

54.6

Mean max sprint distance (m)

29.5 +/- 11.7

28.1 +/- 21.6

Number of sprints (n)

7.4 +/- 3.9

5.3 +/- 3.2

Average sprint distance (m)

18.0+/- 7.6

17.2 +/- 8.8

Work:rest (min:min)

1:0.5

1:0.4

Period with HR over 80% max

75%

75%

Table 2. Summary table of metrics describing demands of the sevens game for men and women (data from Suarez-Arrones et al 2012, 2014, Higham et al 2012).