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Elite Rugby Union Players Perceptions Towards Performance Analysis

Francis, John (2013) Elite Rugby Union Players Perceptions Towards Performance Analysis. Masters thesis, University of Worcester.

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Abstract

The utilisation of performance analysis, within rugby union, has been documented for over twenty years. Current research has explored the trends and traits which currently exist between teams, individuals and certain playing positions. However, no existing research has been published regarding the thoughts and opinions of the individuals who are the start and end of the performance analysis process. Therefore, this study provides an in depth insight into the current views and opinions of elite level rugby union players regarding the use of performance analysis as a tool for improving their own playing performance and in highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of upcoming opponents. A total of seventy three elite level rugby union players from two clubs in Great Britain completed a semi-structured questionnaire. After completing the questionnaire, four players were to undertake a semi-structured interview. Four key themes emerged, following inductive content analysis: (1) the use of video for player development, (2) preparing for a match, (3) using video for player reflection in addition to other psychological tools and (4) players suggestions for improvements to the clubs current performance analysis programme. Therefore concluding that players view performance analysis as a benefical and useful tool to support their development and preparation. The findings of the study provide an insight into the use of performance analysis within professional rugby union, enabling rugby coaches and practitioners to gain an understanding of how players view the clubs current programme. Additionally, the findings help build and strengthen the on-going knowledge coaches, analysts and researchers current have regarding how players perceive performance analysis. However, additional research is required to gain a comprehensive understanding of rugby union player’s views and thoughts towards the sport and exercise discipline of performance analysis.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: performance analysis, rugby union, player development. sports science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
Depositing User: John Francis
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2015 08:15
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 08:15
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/3837

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