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Luis Suarez-Arrones, Javier Núñez, Eduardo Sáez de Villareal, Javier Gálvez, Gabriel Suarez-Sanchez, and Diego Munguía-Izquierdo


To describe the repeated-high-intensity activity and internal training load of rugby sevens players during international matches and to compare the differences between the 1st and 2nd halves.


Twelve international-level male rugby sevens players were monitored during international competitive matches (n = 30 match files) using global positioning system technology and heart-rate monitoring.


The relative total distance covered by the players throughout the match was 112.1 ± 8.4 m/min. As a percentage of total distance, 35.0% (39.2 ± 9.0 m/min) was covered at medium speed and 17.1% (19.2 ± 6.8 m/min) at high speed. A substantial decrease in the distance covered at >14.0 km/h and >18.0 km/h, the number of accelerations of >2.78 m/s and >4.0 m/s, repeated-sprint sequences interspersed with ≤60 s rest, and repeated-acceleration sequences interspersed with ≤30 s or ≤60 s rest was observed in the 2nd half compared with the 1st half. A substantial increase in the mean heart rate (HR), HRmax, percentage of time at >80% HRmax and at >90% HRmax, and Edwards training load was observed in the 2nd half compared with the 1st half.


This study provides evidence of a pronounced reduction in high-intensity and repeated-highintensity activities and increases in internal training load in rugby sevens players during the 2nd half of international matches.

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Megan Nye and Paul A. Cacolice

different from human collisions. 16 There is also lacking evidence in the literature that woodpeckers use jugular vein occlusion to protect themselves, and if they were to use this unreported mechanism, it would not act alone. 16 Humans are not woodpeckers and are not built to sustain repeated

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Barry S. Mason, Viola C. Altmann, and Victoria L. Goosey-Tolfrey

. 8 The increased distance covered by T could be a consequence of the improved acceleration performance and an accumulation of repeated acceleration activities a player performs, since WR players are frequently required to start from a standstill during games. 19 Similarly, the reduced time spent in

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Mathieu Lacome, Ben Simpson, Nick Broad, and Martin Buchheit

locomotor actions such as repeated accelerations, decelerations, and changes of direction (as during SSGs). 26 Following these lines, and while still hypothetical given the low number of players examined and the limited time window analyzed (ie, 1 season), it could be hypothesized that whereas HR RUN may