Legal and illegal ruck cleanouts in South African non-professional youth rugby

dc.contributor.authorKruger, Stephanieen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Leeen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorViljoen, Wayneen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorLambert, Mikeen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorReadhead, Clinten_ZA
dc.contributor.authorKraak, Wilburen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-08T09:08:17Z
dc.date.available2022-09-08T09:08:17Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.descriptionCITATION: Kruger, S. et al. 2022. Legal and illegal ruck cleanouts in South African non-professional youth rugby. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 1-9. doi:10.1177/17479541221122439.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://journals.sagepub.com/home/spo
dc.description.abstractThe ruck area is responsible for the second-highest number of rugby union injuries, therefor it is necessary to investigate and understand the ruck better for improved player safety. The study aimed to investigate and compare incidents of legal and illegal ruck cleanouts in non-professional youth rugby. Using Nacpsort Scout Plus software, 118 South African Rugby Union under 18 Youth Week tournament matches were coded between 2015 and 2019. In total, 35 545 ruck cleanouts were coded, of which 32 641 (91.8%) were legal and 2 904 (8.2%) were illegal. Of the 2 904 illegal cleanouts, 2 676 (92.2%) were deemed ‘not dangerous’ and 228 (7.8%) were considered ‘dangerous’. The ‘dangerous’ ruck cleanouts represented 0.6% of the total ruck cleanouts. Of the most common illegal ruck cleanouts, “not supporting own body weight” were mostly ‘not dangerous’ (2 498; 99.4%, p=0.01); and all “neck rolls” were considered ‘dangerous’ (147; 100.0%, p=0.02). The findings of the study suggest player behaviour can still be improved, with regular participation in regular safe and effective technique training drills. The risk of injury during the ruck can further be influenced positively by coaches, through regular coaching and training of safe and effective ruck techniques.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/17479541221122439
dc.description.versionPost-print version
dc.format.extent22 pages
dc.identifier.citationKruger, S. et al. 2022. Legal and illegal ruck cleanouts in South African non-professional youth rugby. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 1-9. doi:10.1177/17479541221122439
dc.identifier.issn2048-397X (online)
dc.identifier.issn1747-9541 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1177/17479541221122439
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/125704
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherSAGE
dc.rights.holderAuthors retain copyright
dc.subjectRugby unionen_ZA
dc.subjectPlayer behaviouren_ZA
dc.subjectInjury preventionen_ZA
dc.subjectPerformance analysisen_ZA
dc.titleLegal and illegal ruck cleanouts in South African non-professional youth rugbyen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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