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LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning

Locomotion metrics

Speed of movement

When we examine the maximum speeds metric, we note that for men at club levels the mean speeds range between 26.5 and 27.5 km/hr. Such a close clustering of maximum speeds suggests that high speed levels are important for all players. This implies that speed in itself may be a very important trait for player of the sevens game.

For women’s international players, mean speeds are reported at approximately 23 km/hr (Suarez-Arrones et al 2013) and while greater speeds of running would be expected in the male game, the speed demands for the women’s game is on average greater than that of the 15-a-side men’s game. Men’s club sevens players display an average running speed of 6.4 km/hr and international women sevens players display an average running speed of 6.2 km/hr. With the same technology used in the studies cited above (i.e. GPS), it was found that male 15-a-side Rugby Union players covered a total distance of 6953 m and exercised at an average running speed of approximately 4.2 km/hr (Cunniffe et al 2009). (Further description and discussion regarding physical and performance traits of 15-a-side versus seven players is available in a later topic).

Figure 4. The sevens player requires well developed sprint capacities and also evasion skills.