Research Impact: Monitoring markers of recovery may assist coaches to make informed decisions on the players training status and reduce the risk of performance decrements. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between adductor squeeze strength scores, subjective markers of recovery and training load in elite Rugby Union players. Nineteen elite male Rugby Union players completed adductor squeeze strength and selected subjective markers of recovery daily, over a 10-week preseason training period. The results found that where adductor squeeze scores decreased, both perceived fatigue levels and muscle soreness increased. A weak correlation was found between adductor squeeze strength scores and training load. These results indicate that adductor squeeze strength may provide coaches with a time-efficient, low‐cost objective, player monitoring marker.
Tiernan, C., Lyons, M., Comyns, T, and Warrington., G. (2019). The relationship between adductor squeeze strength, subjective markers of recovery and training load, in elite Rugby players. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003370