Physiological and Motor Performance Characteristics in Rugby and Soccer Players: Data from a Developing Country

Authors

  • Baba Solomon Akumba
  • Monday Omoniyi Moses

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijop.v10i4.3342

Keywords:

Blood pressure, heart rate, maximal oxygen consumption, hip circumference, waist circumference, Speed, agility, core muscle strength and stability, muscular endurance.

Abstract

This study comparatively presents the physiological, anthropometric, and motor performance characteristics of
rugby and football athletes in a developing country. 49 university soccer [(US: N=24, mean age = 22.54±2.24),
university rugby (UR: N=25, mean age =21.84±1.81)] and 23 national rugby (NR) (mean age = 26.0±3.33) were
recruited. Body weight, body mass index (BMI), waist-to-height ratio (WtHR), hip circumference (HC), waist
circumference (WC), waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), blood pressure, heart rate, maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max),
5-Jump Test (speed), agility, core muscle strength and stability (CMS), muscular endurance (ME), and sit and reach
(SRT) were measured. NR significantly had higher age, weight, BMI, WtHR, HC, WC, WHR, SBP, VO2max, 5JT/
BM and ME (P < 0.05) compared to others. National and university rugby athletes had better anthropometric and
physiological attributes with similar agility performance. To develop rugby in developing country, university
soccer athletes could suggest good material, given needed tactical trainings and competitions, for national rugby
team athletes.

Author Biographies

Baba Solomon Akumba

Final year student of Bachelors of Sports and Exercise Science, Department of Physiotherapy and Sports
Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Monday Omoniyi Moses

Associate Professor, Department of Physiotherapy and Sports
Science, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

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Published

2022-11-11

How to Cite

Baba Solomon Akumba, & Monday Omoniyi Moses. (2022). Physiological and Motor Performance Characteristics in Rugby and Soccer Players: Data from a Developing Country. International Journal of Physiology, 10(4), 6–11. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijop.v10i4.3342