Our primary aim in this study was to investigate differences in the ground reaction forces (GRFs) produced when adolescent rugby players performed match-reflective tasks of increasing degrees of representativeness. Fourteen male players performed three tasks; a straight jog, an anticipated cut and an unanticipated cut. These tasks were performed in four different conditions; landing with their dominant or non-dominant leg, while carrying or not carrying a rugby ball. Greater GRFs were recorded during both the weight acceptance and late push-off phases of the cutting tasks compared with the straight jog and during the push-off phase when the direction of the cut was anticipated. Carrying a ball, however, did not affect the GRFs recorded. These findings highlight the importance of employing representative task design when assessing performance and designing practice.
Atack, Alexandra C.
"THE EFFECT OF REPRESENTATIVE TASK DESIGN ON GROUND REACTION FORCES PRODUCED BY ADOLESCENT RUGBY PLAYERS,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 38:
1, Article 123.
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