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A Novel Method of Interpreting the Relationship between Workload and Injury Occurrence: A Case Study

Version 1 : Received: 23 July 2020 / Approved: 24 July 2020 / Online: 24 July 2020 (11:48:15 CEST)

How to cite: O'Dowd-Hill, D. A Novel Method of Interpreting the Relationship between Workload and Injury Occurrence: A Case Study. Preprints 2020, 2020070580 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202007.0580.v1). O'Dowd-Hill, D. A Novel Method of Interpreting the Relationship between Workload and Injury Occurrence: A Case Study. Preprints 2020, 2020070580 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202007.0580.v1).

Abstract

Workloads may be classified as either internal or external. Internal workloads (heart rate, blood lactate, session rate of perceived exertion (sRPE) are categorised as the individual’s response to an external workload (volume, intensity). sRPE is an easily monitored variable which has been shown to have possible associations with other internal (1) and injury rates (2, 3) in contact sports. This case study describes the internal workload monitoring of a schoolboy rugby player during the entirety of his season (September to March) with the subsequent relationships between workload and time loss injuries being explored. Time loss injuries are defined as injuries which caused the individual to miss training or match play time (4). Acute to chronic workload ratio (ACWR) and exponentially weighted moving average (EWMA) were monitored, a novel ACWR:EWMA ratio was also calculated. High ACWR and low EWMA values were associated with injury occurrence, the ACWR:EWMA ratio may account for this. EWMA may be a better predictor of “time loss” injuries than ACWR. The ACWR:EWMA ratio may merit further scientific exploration in the future.

Subject Areas

Workload; Injuries; Youth; Rugby Union; ACWR; EWMA

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