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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

Work-to-rest ratio

The work-to-rest ratios reported in Table 2 for male and female games are similar. These ratios are however, lower than previously reported ratios in the 15-a-side game (ranging from 1:4 to 1:2) (Austin et al 2011, Cunniffe et al 2009, Duthie et al 2005). While comparisons with previous studies are problematic due to different analysis systems being used the results from recent studies suggest that stoppages in play are shorter and less frequent in Rugby sevens compared to the 15-a-side game (King et al 2009).

Results from studies also report that players spend longer in a given game standing, walking and jogging (that is at speeds between 0 and 12 km/hr) compared to running at higher speeds (Suarez-Arrones et al 2012). The latter group of researchers reported that low intensity activities represented 61% of total game time. This is very similar to that reported for the women’s game (Suarez-Arrones et al 2012).