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Revisiting Early Sport Specialization: What's the Problem?

Alexandra Mosher, Kevin Till, Jessica Fraser-Thomas, Joseph Baker,

<h4>Context</h4>The assumed risks of early specialization in sport are well known, with several international consensus statements advising against specialization in early athlete development. However, there have been recent calls for more focused research in this area.<h4>Evidence acquisition</h4>Research evidence from several scientific disciplines (eg, sport psychology, sports medicine, human development) were ... Read more >>

Sports Health (Sports health)
[2022, 14(1):13-19]

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Strength and conditioning in schools: a strategy to optimise health, fitness and physical activity in youths.

Kevin Till, Andrew Bruce, Thomas Green, Stephanie J Morris, Sean Boret, Chris John Bishop,

Br J Sports Med (British journal of sports medicine)
[2021, :]

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The Training of Medium- to Long-Distance Sprint Performance in Football Code Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

Ben Nicholson, Alex Dinsdale, Ben Jones, Kevin Till,

<h4>Background</h4>Within the football codes, medium-distance (i.e., > 20 m and ≤ 40 m) and long-distance (i.e., > 40 m) sprint performance and maximum velocity sprinting are important capacities for success. Despite this, no research has identified the most effective training methods for enhancing medium- to long-distance sprint outcomes.<h4>Objectives</h4>This systematic review with meta-analysis aimed to (1) analyse the ability of ... Read more >>

Sports Med (Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.))
[2021, :]

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Quantifying head acceleration exposure via instrumented mouthguards (iMG): a validity and feasibility study protocol to inform iMG suitability for the TaCKLE project.

Gregory Tierney, Daniel Weaving, James Tooby, Marwan Al-Dawoud, Sharief Hendricks, Gemma Phillips, Keith A Stokes, Kevin Till, Ben Jones,

Instrumented mouthguards (iMGs) have the potential to quantify head acceleration exposures in sport. The Rugby Football League is looking to deploy iMGs to quantify head acceleration exposures as part of the Tackle and Contact Kinematics, Loads and Exposure (TaCKLE) project. iMGs and associated software platforms are novel, thus limited validation ... Read more >>

BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med (BMJ open sport & exercise medicine)
[2021, 7(3):e001125]

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Coaches' Assessment of Players Physical Performance: Subjective and Objective Measures are needed when Profiling Players.

Sam McCormack, Ben Jones, Dave Elliott, Dave Rotheram, Kevin Till,

This mixed methods study aimed to assess the agreement between coaches ranking of youth rugby league players compared against objective physical performance data and gather coaches' subjective descriptions of their players performance. Five hundred and eight male rugby league players (U16 <i>n</i> = 255, U18 <i>n</i> = 253) completed a fitness testing battery of ... Read more >>

Eur J Sport Sci (European journal of sport science)
[2021, :1-11]

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The Duration-specific Peak Average Running Speeds of European Super League Academy Rugby League Match Play.

Sarah Whitehead, Kevin Till, Dan Weaving, Nick Dalton-Barron, Matt Ireton, Ben Jones,

<h4>Abstract</h4>Whitehead, S, Till, K, Weaving, D, Dalton-Barron, N, Ireton, M, and Jones, B. Duration-specific peak average running speeds of European Super League Academy rugby league match play. J Strength Cond Res 35(7): 1964-1971, 2021-This study aimed to quantify the duration-specific peak average running speeds of Academy-level rugby league match play, ... Read more >>

J Strength Cond Res (Journal of strength and conditioning research)
[2021, 35(7):1964-1971]

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Developing motor competency in youths: Perceptions and practices of strength and conditioning coaches.

Alan M Burton, Joey C Eisenmann, Ian Cowburn, Rhodri S Lloyd, Kevin Till,

Motor competency is integral to the long-term athletic development of youths. Strength and conditioning (S&C) coaches are recommended to deliver motor competency interventions, yet no studies have investigated their perceptions and practices for developing motor competency in youths. Sixty-seven male, and 4 female S&C coaches completed an initial and follow ... Read more >>

J Sports Sci (Journal of sports sciences)
[2021, 39(23):2649-2657]

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Using Principal Component Analysis to Compare the Physical Qualities Between Academy and International Youth Rugby League Players.

Sam McCormack, Ben Jones, Sean Scantlebury, Neil Collins, Cameron Owen, Kevin Till,

<h4>Purpose</h4>To compare the physical qualities between academy and international youth rugby league (RL) players using principal component analysis.<h4>Methods</h4>Six hundred fifty-four males (age = 16.7 [1.4] y; height = 178.4 [13.3] cm; body mass = 82.2 [14.5] kg) from 11 English RL academies participated in this study. Participants completed anthropometric, power (countermovement jump), strength ... Read more >>

Int J Sports Physiol Perform (International journal of sports physiology and performance)
[2021, :1-8]

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Does perceived wellness influence technical-tactical match performance? A study in youth international rugby using partial least squares correlation analysis.

Carlos Ramírez-López, Kevin Till, Dan Weaving, Andy Boyd, Alexis Peeters, Grant Beasley, Sam Bradley, Pierosario Giuliano, Charlie Venables, Ben Jones,

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between matchday wellness status and a technical-tactical performance construct during rugby match-play. One hundred and thirty-three male rugby union players (73 forwards and 60 backs) from five under-18 national squads who participated in the under-18 Six Nations competition completed a ... Read more >>

Eur J Sport Sci (European journal of sport science)
[2021, :1-9]

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Talent Identification in an English Premiership Rugby Union Academy: Multidisciplinary Characteristics of Selected and Non-selected Male Under-15 Players.

Francesco Dimundo, Matthew Cole, Richard C Blagrove, Alexander B T McAuley, Kevin Till, Adam L Kelly,

Entry into an academy can be a defining moment for a promising young player. The aim of this study was to explore the multidimensional characteristics that differentiated selected and non-selected male under-15 rugby union players at an English Premiership academy. Seventy-four players (mean age 14.6 ± 0.3 years: selected <i>n</i> ... Read more >>

Front Sports Act Living (Frontiers in sports and active living)
[2021, 3:688143]

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The Training of Short Distance Sprint Performance in Football Code Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Ben Nicholson, Alex Dinsdale, Ben Jones, Kevin Till,

<h4>Background</h4>Short-sprint (≤ 20 m) performance is an important quality for success in the football codes. Therefore, developing an evidence base for understanding training methods to enhance short-sprint performance is key for practitioners. However, current systematic reviews are limited by (1) a lack of focus on football code athletes, (2) a lack of ... Read more >>

Sports Med (Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.))
[2021, 51(6):1179-1207]

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A systematic review of small sided games within rugby: Acute and chronic effects of constraints manipulation.

Marco Zanin, Jayamini Ranaweera, Joshua Darrall-Jones, Dan Weaving, Kevin Till, Gregory Roe,

Small-sided games is a commonly used training method to develop technical, tactical and physical qualities concurrently. However, a review of small-sided games in rugby football codes (e.g. rugby union, rugby league) is not available. This systematic review aims to investigate the acute responses and chronic adaptations of small-sided games within ... Read more >>

J Sports Sci (Journal of sports sciences)
[2021, 39(14):1633-1660]

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Influence of Perceptions of Sleep on Well-Being in Youth Athletes.

Thomas Sawczuk, Ben Jones, Sean Scantlebury, Kevin Till,

<h4>Abstract</h4>Sawczuk, T, Jones, B, Scantlebury, S, and Till, K. Influence of perceptions of sleep on well-being in youth athletes. J Strength Cond Res 35(4): 1066-1073, 2021-To date, most research considering well-being questionnaires has only considered the training stress imposed on the athlete, without evaluating the questionnaire's relationship with a measure ... Read more >>

J Strength Cond Res (Journal of strength and conditioning research)
[2021, 35(4):1066-1073]

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Authors' Reply to Wewege et al.: Comment on: "The training of short distance sprint performance in football code athletes: a systematic review and meta-analysis".

Ben Nicholson, Alex Dinsdale, Ben Jones, Kevin Till,

Sports Med (Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.))
[2021, 51(6):1333-1334]

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Jump Training in Rugby Union Players: Barbell or Hexagonal Bar?

Jonathon J S Weakley, Kevin Till, Dale B Read, Cedric Leduc, Gregory A B Roe, Padraic J Phibbs, Joshua Darrall-Jones, Ben Jones,

<h4>Abstract</h4>Weakley, JJS, Till, K, Read, DB, Leduc, C, Roe, GAB, Phibbs, PJ, Darrall-Jones, J, and Jones, B. Jump training in rugby union players: barbell or hexagonal bar?. J Strength Cond Res 35(3): 754-761, 2021-The countermovement jump (CMJ) is an exercise that can develop athletic performance. Using the conventional barbell (BAR) ... Read more >>

J Strength Cond Res (Journal of strength and conditioning research)
[2021, 35(3):754-761]

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Prediction of Upper Respiratory Illness Using Salivary Immunoglobulin A in Youth Athletes.

Thomas Sawczuk, Ben Jones, Mitchell Welch, Clive Beggs, Sean Scantlebury, Kevin Till,

<h4>Purpose</h4>To evaluate the relative importance and predictive ability of salivary immunoglobulin A (s-IgA) measures with regards to upper respiratory illness (URI) in youth athletes.<h4>Methods</h4>Over a 38-week period, 22 youth athletes (age = 16.8 [0.5] y) provided daily symptoms of URI and 15 fortnightly passive drool saliva samples, from which s-IgA concentration ... Read more >>

Int J Sports Physiol Perform (International journal of sports physiology and performance)
[2021, 16(4):511-516]

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Whole and peak physical characteristics of elite youth female soccer match-play.

Alice Harkness-Armstrong, Kevin Till, Naomi Datson, Stacey Emmonds,

This study quantified whole and peak physical characteristics of Under (U)14 and U16 elite youth female soccer, and compared by position and age-group. Data was collected using 10 Hz GPS units from 431 match observations, during 50 matches involving 201 players (U14 n = 93; U16 n = 108) representing Regional Talent Centres in ... Read more >>

J Sports Sci (Journal of sports sciences)
[2021, 39(12):1320-1329]

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Quantifying the External and Internal Loads of Professional Rugby League Training Modes: Consideration for Concurrent Field-Based Training Prescription.

Dan Weaving, Ben Jones, Kevin Till, Phil Marshall, Keith Earle, Grant Abt,

Weaving, D, Jones, B, Till, K, Marshall, P, Earle, K, and Abt, G. Quantifying the external and internal loads of professional rugby league training modes: consideration for concurrent field-based training prescription. J Strength Cond Res 34(12): 3514-3522, 2020-Practitioners prescribe numerous training modes to develop the varied physical qualities that professional ... Read more >>

J Strength Cond Res (Journal of strength and conditioning research)
[2020, 34(12):3514-3522]

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Show Me, Tell Me, Encourage Me: The Effect of Different Forms of Feedback on Resistance Training Performance.

Jonathon Weakley, Kyle Wilson, Kevin Till, Harry Banyard, James Dyson, Padraic Phibbs, Dale Read, Ben Jones,

Weakley, J, Wilson, K, Till, K, Banyard, H, Dyson, J, Phibbs, P, Read, D, and Jones, B. Show me, tell me, encourage me: The effect of different forms of feedback on resistance training performance. J Strength Cond Res 34(11): 3157-3163, 2020-When performing resistance training, verbal kinematic feedback and visual kinematic ... Read more >>

J Strength Cond Res (Journal of strength and conditioning research)
[2020, 34(11):3157-3163]

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Isometric Midthigh Pull Characteristics in Elite Youth Male Soccer Players: Comparisons by Age and Maturity Offset.

Rhys O Morris, Ben Jones, Tony Myers, Jason Lake, Stacey Emmonds, Neil D Clarke, Dave Singleton, Matthew Ellis, Kevin Till,

Morris, RO, Jones, B, Myers, T, Lake, J, Emmonds, S, Clarke, ND, Singleton, D, Ellis, M, and Till, K. Isometric midthigh pull characteristics in elite youth male soccer players: Comparisons by age and maturity offset. J Strength Cond Res 34(10): 2947-2955, 2020-The purpose of this study was to (a) provide ... Read more >>

J Strength Cond Res (Journal of strength and conditioning research)
[2020, 34(10):2947-2955]

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"It's Important, but It's Not Everything": Practitioners' Use, Analysis and Perceptions of Fitness Testing in Academy Rugby League.

Sam McCormack, Ben Jones, Sean Scantlebury, Dave Rotheram, Kevin Till,

A plethora of research exists examining the physical qualities of rugby league players. However, no research has investigated practitioners' insights into the use, analysis and perceptions of such fitness testing data that is vital for applying research into practice. Therefore, this study aimed to examine practitioners' (coaches and strength & ... Read more >>

Sports (Basel) (Sports (Basel, Switzerland))
[2020, 8(9):]

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Coopetition: cooperation among competitors to enhance applied research and drive innovation in elite sport.

Carlos Ramírez-López, Kevin Till, Andy Boyd, Mark Bennet, Julien Piscione, Sam Bradley, Pierosario Giuliano, Cedric Leduc, Ben Jones,

Br J Sports Med (British journal of sports medicine)
[2020, :]

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Body composition differences by age and playing standard in male rugby union and rugby league: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Tom Geeson-Brown, Ben Jones, Kevin Till, Sarah Chantler, Kevin Deighton,

This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to determine differences in body compositionn between playing standard and age in male rugby union and rugby league athletes. The MOOSE (Meta-analysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology) guidelines for design, implementation, and reporting were followed. Studies were required to be in male rugby union ... Read more >>

J Sports Sci (Journal of sports sciences)
[2020, 38(19):2161-2176]

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Psychosocial outcomes associated with soccer academy involvement: Longitudinal comparisons against aged matched school pupils.

Fieke Rongen, Jim McKenna, Stephen Cobley, Jason Cameron Tee, Kevin Till,

Despite literature highlighting numerous risks to the healthy psychosocial development of youth elite academy soccer players, little of this research is based on high-quality research designs. This study employed a prospective longitudinal cohort design to track psychosocial outcomes of academy involvement within male youth elite soccer players (n = 33, U12-U16 age ... Read more >>

J Sports Sci (Journal of sports sciences)
[2020, 38(11-12):1387-1398]

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Growth, maturation and youth sports: issues and practical solutions.

Joey C Eisenmann, Kevin Till, James Baker,

Ann Hum Biol (Annals of human biology)
[2020, 47(4):324-327]

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