Audio Abstracts are changing the way scientific research is being communicated. Watch Cloe’s video below where she delves into her article ‘Positional Differences in External On-Field Load During Specific Drill Classifications’, highlighting the purpose of the study, its limitations and the practical applications. If you want to read the abstract or access the full paper (where available), all links are below.

The full paper can be found on Researchgate

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Abstract: To quantify the external training loads of positional groups within pre-season training drills. Methods: Thirty-three elite rugby league players were categorized into one of four positional groups: outside backs (n=9), adjustables (n=9), wide-running forwards (n=9) and hit-up forwards (n=6). Data for eight pre-season weeks were collected using microtechnology devices. Training drills were classified based on drill focus; speed and agility, conditioning, generic and positional skills. Distance, high speed and very-high speed running demands decreased across the pre-season in speed and agility (moderate, small and small, respectively), conditioning (large, large and small, respectively) and generic skills (large, large and large, respectively). The duration of speed and generic skills also decreased (77% and 48% respectively). This was matched by a concomitant increase in distance (small), high speed running (small), very-high speed running (moderate) and two-dimensional (2D) BodyLoad(TM) (small) demands in positional skills. Within positional skills, hit-up forwards (1240±386m) completed less very-high speed running than outside backs (2570±1331m) and adjustables (2121±1163m), respectively. Hit-up forwards (674±253AU), experienced greater 2D BodyLoad(TM) demands than outside backs (432±230 AU, p=.034). Within positional drills hit-up forwards experienced greater relative 2D BodyLoad(TM) demands than outside backs (p=0.015). Conversely, outside backs experienced greater relative high (p=0.007) and very-high speed running (p<0.001) demands than hit-up forwards. Significant differences were observed in training loads between positional groups during positional skills but not within speed and agility, conditioning and generic skills. This work also highlights the importance of different external load parameters to adequately quantify workload across different positional groups