Performance effects of repetition specific gluteal activation protocols on acceleration in male Rugby Union players

Warm-up protocols have the potential to cause an acute enhancement of dynamic sprinting performance. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of three repetition specific gluteal activation warm-up protocols on acceleration performance in male rugby union players. Forty male academy rugby union players were randomly assigned to one of 4 groups (control, 5, 10 or 15 repetition gluteal activation group) and performed 10 m sprints at baseline and 30 s, 2, 4, 6 and 8 min after their specific intervention protocol. Five and ten meter sprint times were the dependent variable and dual-beam timing gates were used to record all sprint times. Repeated measures analysis of variance found no significant improvement in 5 and 10 m sprint times between baseline and post warm-up scores (p = 0.05) for all groups. There were no reported significant differences between groups at any of the rest interval time points (p = 0.05). However, when individual responses to the warm-up protocols were analyzed, the 15 repetition gluteal activation group had faster 10 m times post-intervention and this improvement was significant (p = 0.021). These results would indicate that there is no specific rest interval for any of the gluteal interventions that results in a potentiation effect on acceleration performance. However, the individual response analysis would seem to indicate that a 15 repetition gluteal activation warm-up protocol has a potentiating effect on acceleration performance provided that the rest interval is adequately and individually determined.
© Copyright 2016 Journal of Human Kinetics. de Gruyter. All rights reserved.

Subjects: sports game rugby performance acceleration activation muscle training exercise plyometrics sprint warming-up
Notations: sport games
Tagging: Erwärmung
DOI: 10.1515/hukin-2016-0033
Published in: Journal of Human Kinetics
Published: 2016
Volume: 54
Issue: 1
Pages: 33-42
Document types: article
Language: English
Level: advanced