Prior high-intensity intermittent running reduces exercise intensity and skill performance in small-sided rugby games
To date only one study has examined whether skill-related performance is affected by match-related fatigue in a similar manner as physical performance during professional soccer match play (Carling and Dupont, 2011). Carling and colleagues reported that while HIR distance declined between halves and during the final third of matches, it was not associated with a reduction in technical skill performance. However, the assessment of the influence of fatigue on technical performance during competition is problematic due to the possible impact of psychological, tactical and situational factors. To overcome this, recent studies have examined the influence of physical fatigue on skill tests in controlled matchsimulations (Lyons et al., 2006; Rampinini et al., 2008; Royal et al., 2006; Sunderland, 2005; Young et al., 2010). Most (Lyons et al., 2006; Rampinini et al., 2008; Sunderland, 2005) of these studies have reported that skilled performance is impaired by match-related fatigue. At present it is not known if acute physical fatigue influences skill performance in SSGs.