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A step towards a field based agility test in team sports. A perspective on return to play criteria.

Drake, David, Kennedy, Rodney, Godfrey, Matthew, MacLead, Simon, Davis, Amy and Maguire, Matt (2017) A step towards a field based agility test in team sports. A perspective on return to play criteria. Physical Therapy in Sport, 28 . ee20. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1466853X17304224

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2017.08.061


Introduction: Agility performance tests can be limited by the requirement for force plates, timing gates and expensive camera systems (Correia et al., 2012; Green, Blake, & Caulfield, 2011) making application into rehabilitation programs practically challenging. The aims of this study were to assess the reliability of a field based 1v1 agility test encompassing perceptualaction performance that could be replicated in applied settings. A secondary aim was to assess the relationship between the 1v1 agility test with a range of physical performance tests including the commonly used Y step test (Paul, Gabbett, & Nassis, 2016). Methods: Twenty-eight male rugby union players volunteered (Mean ± SD age 19.3 ± 2.2 years, age range 18 e 24, weight 96.5 ± 13.3 kg). Participants were randomly assigned to attack or defensive roles (1v1 agility test)within a simulated rugby evasion task (Brault et al., 2012). A previously utilized agility performance score (Young & Murray, 2016) was modified to assess agility performance. Two independent investigators reviewed video recordings (side and behind attacking player) to score attack and defensive performance. Each participant completed 10 agility trials. Results: Cohens Kappa statistic showed inter-rater reliability of agility scoring was almost perfect .861 (CI .816 to .917). Attacking agility had a large significant relationship with Y step performance (r =-.577, p = .001), single leg repeat hop (r = .570, p = .002) and body mass (r = -.537, p = .003). Defensive agility had a large significant relationship with CMJ flight time:contraction time ratio (r = .580, p = .001) and CMJ concentric duration (r = -.656, p = .000). Conclusion: Findings show the Y step test shared 33% of common variance with 1v1 attack and 5% with defensive agility performance. Low commonality is likely due to significantly greater frontal and transverse plane movement during agility compared to change of direction tests (Green et al., 2011). It is recommended that the 1v1 agility test be considered as part of return to play criteria in team sports players to assess attacking and defensive agility performance

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:agility, rehabilitation, rugby union, perception
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
ID Code:38971
Deposited By: Dr Rodney Kennedy
Deposited On:07 Nov 2017 11:00
Last Modified:07 Nov 2017 11:00

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