To examine differences in body composition and maximal strength between collegiate (CLG) and men's club (CLB) rugby union players, as well as between the forward (FW) and back (BK) positions, seventeen resistance-trained men (24 Â± 2.4 yrs; range: 20 Â± 27 yrs; 179.3 Â± 5.4 cm; 93.7 Â± 12.9kg) from a collegiate rugby team (n=11) and a local men's rugby club (n=6) were recruited to participate in the present investigation. Prior to strength testing, height (Â± 0.1 cm), body mass (Â± 0.1 kg), and body composition via dual energy x-ray absorptiometry were assessed to determine total percent body fat (%FAT), lean body mass (LBM), lean arm mass (LAM), and lean leg mass (LLM). Maximal upper- and lower-body strength were determined from each participant's one-repetition maximum (1RM) in the bench press and squat, respectively. Additionally, athletic history, resistance training experience, and distractors (e.g. work, school, and sleep) were determined via questionnaire. Significant (p<0.05) differences were observed between clubs in age (CLG: 22.3 Â± 1.3y; CLB: 26.2 Â± 1.1y), years played (CLG: 2.9 Â± 2.4y; CLB: 7.5 Â± 2.1y), and starting experience (CLG: 1.7 Â± 2.6y; CLB: 5.2 Â± 3.4y). In terms of position, LAM was significantly (p = 0.037) greater in FW (10.6 Â± 1.7kg) than in BK (9.0 Â± 0.5kg). These findings suggest rugby union players possess similar strength and size characteristics, regardless of age, playing experience, or position.
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Fisher, Thomas J.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Education and Human Performance
Educational and Human Sciences
Sport and Exercise Science
Dissertations, Academic -- Education; Education -- Dissertations, Academic
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Gamazo, Thomas, "A Comparison of Anthropometric and Maximal Strength Measures in Rugby Union Players" (2014). HIM 1990-2015. 1665.