The aim of this study was to identify differences in place kicking performance and technique following a rugby-specific fatigue protocol. Three skilled place kickers performed four blocks of the protocol, between which they took three place kicks from a challenging pitch location. The success of the kicks, measures of physical exertion and lower body and torso kinematic variables were measured. Kicking success dropped following blocks 2 and 4 of the protocol, all missed kicks were wide of the goalposts. Individual differences were apparent. After block 2 the kickers demonstrated greater upper body motion, potentially a strategy to obtain fast foot velocity but at a detriment to accuracy. After block 4, collapse of the stance leg was observed which may have impacted the kickers’ stability. Further research with more participants and a specific focus on muscular fatigue is required.
Bull, Hamish; Murphy, Colm; Gilham, Jesse; and Atack, Alexandra C.
"EFFECTS OF FATIGUE ON RUGBY PLACE KICKING TECHNIQUE AND PERFORMANCE,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 40:
1, Article 26.
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