Aim. The ability to accelerate and attain high levels of speed is an essential component of success in team sports; however, the physical qualities that underpin these activities remain unclear. This study aimed to determine some of the key strength and power predictors of speed within professional rugby union players. Methods. Twenty professional male rugby union players participated in this study. Subjects were tested for speed (0-10 m sprint and a flying 10 m sprint), strength (3 repetition maximum squat), lower body power (countermovement jumps [CMJ] and drop jumps [DJ]), reactive strength and leg spring stiffness. The strength and power variables were expressed as absolute values and relative values for analysis. Results. Both relative strength (r=-0.55, P
|Journal||Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2013|
Cunningham, D. J., West, D. J., Owen, N. J., Shearer, D. A., Finn, C. V., Bracken, R. M., Crewther, B. T., Scott, P., Cook, C. J., & Kilduff, L. P. (2013). Strength and power predictors of sprinting performance in professional rugby players. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 53(2), 105-111.