Contextual Review of Physical Requirements of Refereeing Rugby Union at an Elite Level

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Abstract

RUGBY UNION REFEREES OFTEN DETERMINE THE OUTCOME OF MATCHES, WHICH HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR PHYSICAL CONDITIONING AND DECISION-MAKING ABILITY. THIS ARTICLE REVIEWS THE LIMITED POOL OF RESEARCH RELATED TO THE PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF REFEREEING 15-A-SIDE RUGBY UNION WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF MATCH OFFICIALS FROM OTHER TEAM SPORTS. DECISION-MAKING INVESTIGATIONS ARE CRITICALLY DISCUSSED, AND CURRENT PHYSICAL MONITORING ASSESSMENTS ARE PRESENTED ALONG WITH TRAINING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES. FOR A VIDEO ABSTRACT OF THIS ARTICLE, SEE SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1 (SEE VIDEO, HTTP://LINKS.LWW.COM/SCJ/A221).

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