Countermovement jump standards in rugby league: what is a ‘good’ performance?

McMahon, John, Lake, Jason P., Dos'Santos, T., Jones, Paul, Thomasson, Michael and Comfort, Paul (2020) Countermovement jump standards in rugby league: what is a ‘good’ performance? Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. ISSN 1064-8011 (In Press)

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The countermovement jump (CMJ) is considered an important test in rugby league and the force platform is the recommended tool for assessing CMJ performance in this cohort. Due to inconsistent methods applied across previous studies, there is currently a lack of understanding of what constitutes a ‘good’ CMJ performance, with respect to the typical CMJ metrics that are reported for rugby league players. The purpose of this study was, therefore, to produce a scale of reference values for the jump height (JH), reactive strength index modified (RSImod) and mean (PPmean) and peak (PPpeak) propulsion power (relative to body mass) for top-level senior rugby league players competing in the global ‘forward’ and ‘back’ positional groups. One hundred and four players (55 forwards and 49 backs) from the top two tiers of English rugby league performed three CMJs on a force platform at the beginning of pre-season training. The JH, RSImod, PPmean and PPpeak were calculated using criterion methods and a scale of norm-referenced values (percentiles) was produced for each positional group. The backs outperformed the forwards for each CMJ metric reported, thus supporting the production of position-specific norm-referenced values. When each positional group was separated into quartile sub-groups, the respective JH, RSImod, PPmean and PPpeak values were mostly largely and significantly different both within and between positions. The presented scale of reference values can, therefore, be used to determine the performance standards of rugby league forwards and backs with respect to the most commonly reported CMJ-derived variables for this cohort.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Q Science > QM Human anatomy
Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
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Depositing User: Jason Lake
Date Deposited: 05 May 2020 11:20
Last Modified: 05 May 2020 11:20

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