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Table 3 The training exposure of young English rugby union players

From: Applied Sport Science for Male Age-Grade Rugby Union in England

StudyLevel of playAge groupSample size (n)Study durationResults
Palmer-Green et al. [45]SchoolU182502 seasons (2006–2007; 2007–2008)72 h/season comprised of 58% rugby, 15% conditioning, 13% weights, 6% speed, 5% prehab, 3% other
AcademyU18222190 h/season comprised of 37% rugby, 11% conditioning, 27% weights, 4% speed, 12% prehab, 9% other
Taylor et al. [49]AcademyU18106 weeks in season (178 training sessions/matches)Mean weekly training duration = 205 ± 96 min. The mean weekly internal loads were sRPE = 877 ± 273 AU, bTRIMP = 271 ± 97 AU, eTRIMP = 360 ± 104 AU, luTRIMP = 295 ± 92 AU, iTRIMP = 479 ± 199 AU.
Mean weekly external loads were total distance = 9939 ± 2989 m, PL = 941 ± 324 AU, iHSD = 3081 ± 844 m, 15HSD = 2317 ± 752 m and 18HSD = 738 ± 210 m.
Roe et al. [50]AcademyU211411 weeks pre-seasonMean weekly sRPE = 1810 ± 310 AU
Weakley et al. [46]SchoolU183512 weeks in-seasonGym frequency = 1.4 ± 0.6, training load (sRPE) = 1014.0 ± 1016.0 AU, gym training time = 78.0 ± 33.2 min, non-gym training time = 120.0 ± 151.0 min, training time = 188.0 ± 144.0, lower body exercises completed 1.5 ± 0.8, lower body volume load completed 1967.0 ± 1352.0 kg, upper body exercises completed = 3.0 ± 1.7, upper body volume load completed = 3477 ± 2248, volume load complete = 5443.0 ± 3423.0 kg
Phibbs et al. [47]SchoolU16311 week in-seasonDuration = 50.1 ± 6.6, sRPE = 123 ± 39, avg HR = 145 ± 8, total distance = 2672 ± 456, average speed = 54.9 ± 12.3, HSR = 751 ± 242 and PL = 262 ± 41.
Duration = 56.8 ± 11.9, sRPE = 168 ± 55, avg HR = 134 ± 9, total distance = 2925 ± 467, average speed = 54.59 ± 10.4, HSR = 678 ± 179 and PL = 270 ± 42.
Duration = 63.9 ± 9.7, sRPE = 231 ± 73, avg HR = 145 ± 11, total distance = 3619 ± 664, average speed = 56.8 ± 7.4, HSR = 955 ± 256 and PL = 354 ± 74.
Duration = 70.3 ± 8.8, sRPE = 230 ± 67, avg HR = 148 ± 14, total distance = 3845 ± 577, average speed = 54.9 ± 7.5, HSR = 597 ± 246 and PL = 371 ± 75.
Duration = 48.3 ± 5.1, sRPE = 211 ± 50, avg HR = 151 ± 12, total distance = 2903 ± 434, average speed = 59.9 ± 5.7, HSR = 590 ± 219 and PL = 316 ± 53.
Duration = 62.0 ± 0.0, sRPE = 236 ± 42, avg HR = 151 ± 12, total distance = 4176 ± 433, average speed = 68.1 ± 7.3, HSR = 1279 ± 288,256 and PL = 424 ± 56.
U1839
ClubU1636
U1830
AcademyU1618
U1816
Phibbs et al. [9]SchoolU18 F15In-season (8 matches and 15 training sessions)Duration = 76.7 ± 12.9, total distance = 3433 ± 300, LS = 3238 ± 327, HSR = 276 ± 71, VHSR = 21 ± 30, MSS = 7.1 ± 0.7 and PL = 345 ± 43.
Duration = 76.7 ± 12.9, total distance = 3821 ± 386, LS = 3739 ± 197, HSR = 275 ± 105, VHSR = 4 ± 9, MSS = 7.2 ± 0.6 and PL = 350 ± 48
Duration = 68.1 ± 1.4, total distance = 4031 ± 755, LS = 3719 ± 649, HSR = 252 ± 120, VHSR = 5 ± 9, MSS = 7.2 ± 0.6 and PL = 345 ± 43.
Duration = 68.3 ± 1.3, total distance = 4678 ± 356, LS = 4393 ± 348, HSR = 345 ± 160, VHSR = 5 ± 20, MSS = 7.9 ± 0.6 and PL = 476 ± 53.
U18 B15
AcademyU18 F16
U18 B15
Phibbs et al. [48]AcademyU182010 weeks in-season (97 complete weeks)Total duration = 301 ± 92 min, total sRPE = 1217 ± 364 AU; rugby duration = 214 ± 64 min, rugby sRPE = 845 ± 263 AU, gym duration = 72 ± 44 min, gym sRPE = 315 ± 180 AU, total distance = 11,629 ± 3445 m, VHSR = 20 ± 38 m, PL = 1124 ± 330 AU, PLslow = 542 ± 165 AU
Phibbs et al. [13]AcademyU182014 weeks in-season (1960 daily observations)Total duration = 349 ± 128 min, total sRPE = 1425 ± 545 AU; rugby match duration = 50 ± 44 min, rugby match sRPE = 263 ± 255 AU, rugby training duration = 178 ± 115, rugby training sRPE = 662 ± 465, gym duration = 86 ± 61 min, gym sRPE = 339 ± 269 AU, other duration = 36 ± 62 min, other sRPE = 120 ± 195 AU
  1. Data are displayed as mean ± SD. Sample size is the number of participants in the study
  2. F forwards, B Backs, h/season hours per season, sRPE session rating of perceived exertion, bTRIMP bannister training impulse, eTRIMP Edwards training impulse, luTRIMP Lucia training impulse, iTRIMP individualised training impulse, AU arbitrary unit, PL PlayerLoad, iHSD individualised high speed distance (> velocity at OBLA), 15HSD high speed distance (> 15 km/h), 18HSD very high speed distance (> 18 km/h), kg kilogrammes, avg HR average heart rate, LS low speed running distance, HSR high speed running, distance, VHSR very high speed running distance, MSS maximal sprint speed