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Journal Articles

Dimundo, F, Cole, M, Blagrove, R, Till, K, Kelly, AL (2022) A multidisciplinary investigation into the talent development processes in an English Premiership Rugby Union Academy: A preliminary study through an ecological lens, Sports, 10(2), 13, DOI: 10.3390/sports10020013.

Dimundo, F, Cole, M, Blagrove, R, McAuley, ABT, Till, K, Hall, M, Pacini, D, Kelly, AL (2021) The anthropometric, physical, and relative age characteristics of an English Premiership rugby union academy, International Journal of Strength and Conditioning, 1(1), DOI: 10.47206/ijsc.v1i1.67.

Hutson, M, ODonnell, E, Petherick, E, Brooke-Wavell, K, Blagrove, R (2021) Incidence of bone stress injury is greater in competitive female distance runners with menstrual disturbances independent of participation in plyometric training, Journal of Sports Sciences, 39(22), pp.2558-2566, ISSN: 0264-0414. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2021.1945184.

Hutson, M, ODonnell, E, Brooke-Wavell, K, Blagrove, R (2021) Considerations regarding the use of impact training as treatment to prevent bone fragility in elite cyclists, Journal of Applied Physiology, 131(1), pp.30-30, ISSN: 8750-7587. DOI: 10.1152/japp.hysiol.00335.2021.

Dimundo, F, Cole, M, Blagrove, R, McAuley, ABT, Till, K, Kelly, AL (2021) Talent identification in an English Premiership rugby union academy: multidisciplinary characteristics of selected and non-selected male under-15 players, Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 3, 688143, DOI: 10.3389/fspor.2021.688143.

Dimundo, F, Cole, M, Blagrove, R, Till, K, McAuley, ABT, Hall, M, Gale, C, Kelly, AL (2021) Talent identification and development in male rugby union: a systematic review, Journal of Expertise, 4(1), pp.33-55, ISSN: 2573-2773.

Bruinvels, G, Lewis, NA, Blagrove, R, Scott, D, Simpson, RJ, Baggish, AL, Rogers, JP, Ackerman, KE, Pedlar, CR (2021) COVID-19–considerations for the female athlete, Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 3, 606799, DOI: 10.3389/fspor.2021.606799.

Misseldine, ND, Blagrove, R, Goodwin, JE (2021) Speed demands of women's rugby sevens match play, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 35(1), pp.183-189, ISSN: 1064-8011. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002638.

Hutson, M, O'Donnell, E, Brooke-Wavell, K, Sale, C, Blagrove, R (2020) Effects of low energy availability on bone health in endurance athletes and high-impact exercise as a potential countermeasure: a narrative review, Sports Medicine, ISSN: 0112-1642. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-020-01396-4.

Bruinvels, G, Goldsmith, E, Blagrove, R, Simpkin, A, Lewis, N, Morton, K, Suppiah, A, Rogers, JP, Ackerman, KE, Newell, J, Pedlar, C (2020) Prevalence and frequency of menstrual cycle symptoms are associated with availability to train and compete: a study of 6812 exercising women recruited using the Strava exercise app, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 55(8), pp.438-443, ISSN: 0306-3674. DOI: 10.1136/bjsports-2020-102792.

Blagrove, R, Bishop, C, Howatson, G, Hayes, PR (2020) Inter-limb strength asymmetry in adolescent distance runners: Test-retest reliability and relationships with performance and running economy, Journal of Sports Sciences, 39(3), pp.312-321, ISSN: 0264-0414. DOI: 10.1080/02640414.2020.1820183.

Blagrove, R, Bruinvels, G, Pedlar, CR (2020) Variations in strength-related measures during the menstrual cycle in eumenorrheic women: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 23(12), pp.1220-1227, ISSN: 1440-2440. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2020.04.022.

Blagrove, R and Hayes, PR (2020) Strength training as an ergogenic tool to enhance running economy and elite marathon running performance [Commentary], Journal of Applied Physiology, 128(4), pp.1074-1074, ISSN: 8750-7587. DOI: 10.1152/japp.hysiol.00167.2020.

admin, LP (2020) Commentaries on Viewpoint: Physiology and fast marathons, Journal of Applied Physiology, 128(4), pp.1069-1085, ISSN: 8750-7587. DOI: 10.1152/japp.hysiol.00167.2020.

Blagrove, R, Howe, LP, Howatson, G, Hayes, PR (2020) Strength and conditioning for adolescent endurance runners, Strength and Conditioning Journal, 42(1), pp.2-11, ISSN: 1524-1602. DOI: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000425.

Blagrove, R, Howatson, G, Hayes, PR (2019) Use of loaded conditioning activities to potentiate middle- and long-distance performance: a narrative review and practical applications, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 33(8), ISSN: 1064-8011. DOI: 10.1519/jsc.0000000000002456.

Blagrove, RC, Howatson, G, Pedlar, CR, Hayes, PR (2019) Quantification of aerobic determinants of performance in post-pubertal adolescent middle-distance runners, European Journal of Applied Physiology, ISSN: 1439-6319. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-019-04175-w.

Moran, J, Blagrove, RC, Drury, B, Fernandes, JFT, Paxton, K, Chaabene, H, Ramirez-Campillo, R (2019) Effects of Small-Sided Games vs. Conventional Endurance Training on Endurance Performance in Male Youth Soccer Players: A Meta-Analytical Comparison, Sports Medicine, 49(5), pp.731-742, ISSN: 0112-1642. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-019-01086-w.

Bishop, C, Berney, J, Lake, J, Loturco, I, Blagrove, R, Turner, A, Read, P (2019) Bilateral Deficit During Jumping Tasks: Relationship With Speed and Change of Direction Speed Performance, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, pp.1-1, ISSN: 1064-8011. DOI: 10.1519/jsc.0000000000003075.

Blagrove, R, Howatson, G, Hayes, PR (2018) Quantification of exercise intensity as energy expenditure: reliability and units of measurement [commentary], Journal of Applied Physiology, 125(2), pp.676-677, ISSN: 8750-7587. DOI: 10.1152/japp.hysiol.00638.2018.

Nevin, J, Smith, P, Waldron, M, Patterson, S, Price, M, Hunt, A, Blagrove, R (2018) Efficacy of an 8-Week Concurrent Strength and Endurance Training program on Hand Cycling Performance, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 32(7), pp.1861-1868, ISSN: 1064-8011. DOI: 10.1519/jsc.0000000000002569.

Blagrove, R, Howe, LP, Cushion, EJ, Spence, A, Howatson, G, Pedlar, CR, Hayes, PR (2018) Effects of strength training on postpubertal adolescent distance runners, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 50(6), pp.1224-1232, ISSN: 0195-9131. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001543.

Blagrove, R, Howatson, G, Hayes, PR (2017) Effects of strength training on the physiological determinants of middle- and long-distance running performance: a systematic review, Sports Medicine, 48(5), pp.1117-1149, ISSN: 0112-1642. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-017-0835-7.

Blagrove, R, Brown, N, Howatson, G, Hayes, PR (2017) Strength and conditioning habits of competitive distance runners, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 34(5), pp.1392-1399, ISSN: 1064-8011. DOI: 10.1519/jsc.0000000000002261.

Blagrove, R, Bruinvels, G, Read, P (2017) Early sport specialization and intensive training in adolescent female athletes: Risks and recommendations, Strength and Conditioning Journal, 39(5), pp.14-23, ISSN: 1524-1602. DOI: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000315.

Blagrove, R, Howatson, G, Hayes, PR (2017) Test–retest reliability of physiological parameters in elite junior distance runners following allometric scaling, European Journal of Sport Science, 17(10), pp.1231-1240, ISSN: 1746-1391. DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2017.1364301.



Books

Blagrove, RC and Hayes, PR (2021) The science and practice of middle and long distance running,ISBN: 9780367543587. DOI: 10.4324/9781003088912.



Other

Hutson, M, ODonnell, E, Brooke-Wavell, K, Blagrove, R (Accepted for publication) Pre-print: Incidence of bone stress injury is greater in competitive female distance runners that suffer with low energy availability independent of participation in plyometric training, Emily Petherick provided valuable statistical advice. This is a pre-print copy of our manuscript before peer-review.Bone stress injury (BSI) is prevalent in female distance runners. Low energy availability is implicated in reduced bone health in endurance athletes in the Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport and Female Athlete Triad models. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate an association between menstrual disturbance, as a proxy for chronic energy availability, and incidence of BSI, and explore whether participation in plyometric training had an impact on it. METHODS: Competitive female distance runners (n = 295) aged ≥18 years were surveyed online for training habits, menstrual function, and BSI, during the previous 12 months. Oligo/amenorrhoea (RESULTS: BSI incidence rate was 2.32 (p = 0.01, 95% CI = 1.20-4.51) times greater in oligo/amenorrhoeic (44 per 100 runners) than in eumenorrhoeic runners (19 per 100 runners). This effect remained statistically significant after adjusting for covariates. BSI incidence rate was the same in oligo/amenorrhoeic and eumenorrhoeic runners that used plyometric training, but 3.71 (p = 0.001, 95% CI: 1.67-8.2) times greater in oligo/amenorrhoeic versus eumenorrhoeic runners that did not use plyometric training. However, the effect of plyometrics was non-significant (menstrual function × plyometric training interaction, p = 0.09; main effect, p = 0.54).CONCLUSION: Conventional plyometric training may not reduce incidence of BSI in female distance runners, but prolonged periods of low energy availability should be avoided. .



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