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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

Contact metrics

Comparison of club and international level

Higham and colleagues (2012) reported that key differences in the sevens game exists between club and international level.

The authors reported that the international game is more intense than the club game. Specifically, a greater distance was covered at high velocity (approximately 27% at ≥ 6 m/sec) and 4-39% more accelerations and decelerations were performed in international games compared to club games. The relative distance covered by players at velocities >2 m/sec and the number of changes in velocity were reduced by 1-16% from first to second half. The authors also reported that small differences were observed in locomotion activity at <5 m/sec and moderate accelerations (-18%) from first to last tournament match. This latter metric - the comparison of workload from first to last tournament game - promoted the authors to note that despite some reductions in work-rate within individual matches, there is little indication of accumulated fatigue over a multi-day tournament.