Preliminary study on the influence of boot studs on rugby players’ sprinting performance

Turiman, Sharul Nizam and Ahmad, Z. and Johari, N. H. (2023) Preliminary study on the influence of boot studs on rugby players’ sprinting performance. In: Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering; 6th International Conference on Mechanical Engineering Research, ICMER 2021, 26 - 27 October 2021 , Virtual, Online. 61 -71., 882. ISSN 1876-1100 ISBN 978-981191576-5

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Abstract

Sprinting ability in rugby players is an essential skill for the purpose of chasing and tackling opponents, and to run fast while carrying the ball to the try line. One of the key requirements in sprinting performance is the right boots selection. This study aims to investigate the influence of different boot studs towards sprinting performance of amateur rugby players. A total of ten rugby players took part in the 40 m sprinting test on the natural grass rugby pitch. Each player performed the sprinting using three different shapes of boot studs i.e., cone, blade and triangle stud shapes. Fully automated timing gates were placed at the 0 m and 40 m mark of the sprint track. Data obtained from the experiments were recorded according to the studs’ shapes for statistical analysis. The results showed that majority of the players were sprinting faster using blade studs compared to other two studs with mean time recorded of 6.18 ± 0.33 s. The statistical analysis revealed moderate differences in sprint performance between cone and blade with (0.99 ± 0.25) while differences between cone and triangle was trivial (0.05 ± 0.18). However, the differences between blade and triangle were moderate (−0.86 ± 0.28). The analysis showed that players experienced similar sprinting ability when they changed their boots from cone to blade, and blade to triangle. The findings demonstrate that amateur rugby players should use boots with blade studs to establish better sprinting ability for natural grass pitch.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Boot studs; Rugby; Sprint
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Faculty/Division: Institute of Postgraduate Studies
Faculty of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering Technology
Depositing User: Mrs Norsaini Abdul Samat
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2023 07:10
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2023 07:10
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/37127
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