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Table 7 Summary of GPS use in age-grade and senior training sessions

From: The Use of Global Positioning and Accelerometer Systems in Age-Grade and Senior Rugby Union: A Systematic Review

Study Participants Forwards Backs
Campbell et al. [52] 32 club rugby union players. Mean total session distance (m)Front row
4074 ± 974 m
Mean total session distance (m)Locks
4698 ± 1120 m
Mean total session distance (m)Loose forwards
4173 ± 1003 m
Mean total session HSR (> 12.5 ms1) distance (m)Front row
91.1 ± 80.2 m
Mean total session HSR (> 12.5 ms1) distance (m)Locks
211 ± 208 m
Mean total session HSR (> 12.5 ms1) distance (m)Loose forwards
129 ± 156 m
Mean total session distance (m)Halves
5259 ± 1345 m
Mean total session distance (m)Centres
5217 ± 1208 m
Mean total session distance (m)Outside backs
4978 ± 1203 m
Mean total session HSR (> 12.5 ms1) distance (m)Halves
227 ± 230 m
Mean total session HSR (> 12.5 ms1) distance (m)Centres
307 ± 173 m
Mean total session HSR (> 12.5 ms1) distance (m)Outside backs
320 ± 202 m
Dubios et al. [43] 8 professional rugby union players (all backs) from the D2 Championship in France.   Mean total weekly distance (m)
19316 ± 2923 m
Mean weekly HSR (> 8.1 ms1) distance (m)
3996 ± 701 m
Hartwig et al. [24] 118 rugby union players aged between 14 and 18 years. Percentage time stationary (0–0.6 ms1)games Vs training
44.5 ± 4.3% Vs 44.9 ± 10.4%
Percentage time walking (0.6–4.3 ms1)games Vs training
35.3 ± 4.2% Vs 45.0 ± 8.8%
Percentage time jogging (4.3–7.5 ms1)games Vs training
14.5 ± 2.7% Vs 8.6 ± 3.1%
Percentage time striding (7.5–13.1 ms1)games Vs training
3.6 (3.5) Vs 1.1 (1.1) median and interquartile range
Percentage time sprinting (> 13.1 ms1)games Vs training
0.9% (2.1) Vs 0.001% (0.1) median and interquartile range
Sprints per hour of playgames Vs training
17.6 ± 38.9 Vs 0.7 ± 2.5
Sprint distance per hour of play (m)games Vs training
220 ± 552 m Vs 6.4 ± 30.8 m
Sprint distance (m)games Vs training
12.3 ± 5.1 Vs 11.5 ± 8.4 m
Percentage time stationary (0–0.6 ms1)games Vs training
32.7 ± 7.3% Vs 40.7 ± 10.3%
Percentage time walking (0.6–4.3 ms1)games Vs training
48.8 ± 7.6% Vs 48.1 ± 7.7%
Percentage time jogging (4.3–7.5 ms1)games Vs training
13.6 ± 2.5% Vs 9.1 ± 4.1%
Percentage time striding (7.5–13.1 ms1)games Vs training
3.1 (1.8%) Vs 1.8 (1.5) median and interquartile range
Percentage time sprinting (> 13.1 ms1)games Vs training
1.3 (0.8) Vs 0.1 (0.4) median and interquartile range
Sprints per hour of playgames Vs training
22 ± 11.2 Vs 2.1 ± 5.9
Sprint distance per hour of play (m)games Vs training
346 ± 231 m Vs 20.8 ± 96.6 m
Sprint distance (m)games Vs training
13.6 ± 4.8 m Vs 11.3 ± 10.6 m
Phibbs et al. [45] 170 adolescent rugby union players (U16 and U18). No differentiation between positions (under 16 s)
Mean session total distance (m)School
2672 ± 456 m
Mean session total distance (m)Club
3619 ± 664 m
Mean session total distance (m)Academy
2903 ± 434 m
Mean session total HSR (7.5–13.1 ms1) distance (m)School
751 ± 242 m
Mean session total HSR (7.5–13.1 ms1) distance (m)Club
955 ± 256 m
Mean total session HSR (7.5–13.1 ms1) distance (m)Academy
590 ± 219 m
No differentiation between positions (under 18 s)
Mean total distance (m)School
2925 ± 467 m
Mean session total distance (m)Club
3845 ± 577 m
Mean session total distance (m)Academy
4176 ± 433 m
Mean session total HSR (7.5–13.1 ms1) distance (m)School
678 ± 179 m
Mean session total HSR (7.5–13.1 ms1) distance (m)Club
597 ± 246 m
Mean session total HSR (7.5–13.1 ms1) distance (m)Academy
1270 ± 288 m
Phibbs et al. [57] 20 adolescent academy rugby union players. Mean weekly total distance (m)
10195 ± 2242 m
Mean weekly HSR (> 61% Vmax) distance (m)
482 ± 174 m
Mean weekly VHSR (> 90% Vmax) distance (m)
5 ± 8 m
Mean weekly total distance (m)
13063 ± 3933 m
Mean weekly HSR (> 61% Vmax) distance (m)
807 ± 387 m
Mean weekly VHSR (> 90% Vmax) distance (m)
34 ± 51 m
Phibbs et al. [56] 61 adolescent schoolboy and academy rugby union players. Mean session total distance (m)School
3433 ± 300 m
Mean session total distance (m)Academy
4031 ± 755 m
Mean session HSR (> 61% maximal sprint speed)School
276 ± 71 m
Mean session HSR (> 61% maximal sprint speed)Academy
252 ± 120 m
Mean session total distance (m)School
3821 ± 386 m
Mean session total distance (m)Academy
4678 ± 356 m
Mean session HSR (> 61% maximal sprint speed)School
275 ± 105 m
Mean session HSR (> 61% maximal sprint speed)Academy
345 ± 160 m
Weaving et al. [62] 21 professional rugby union players. No positions identified in the results
Mean total session distance (m)
3096 ± 675 m
Mean total session HSR (> 61% maximal sprint speed)
127 ± 202 m