Matt Brughelli

Matt Brughelli
Auckland University of Technology | AUT · Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ)

PhD

About

104
Publications
241,564
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
6,014
Citations
Citations since 2017
36 Research Items
4227 Citations
20172018201920202021202220230200400600800
20172018201920202021202220230200400600800
20172018201920202021202220230200400600800
20172018201920202021202220230200400600800
Additional affiliations
July 2011 - present
Auckland University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

Publications

Publications (104)
Article
This systematic video analysis of 21 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries sustained by elite-level netball players during televised games, describes the situation, movement pattern and player behaviour, providing insight regarding the injury mechanism. Seventeen of the ACL injuries occurred from jump-landing actions and only two from cutting m...
Article
Full-text available
Clear decreases in horizontal force production capacity during sprint acceleration have been reported after hamstring injuries (HI) in football players. We hypothesized that lower FH0 is associated with a higher HI occurrence in football players. We aimed to analyze the association between sprint running horizontal force production capacities at lo...
Article
Objective To investigate the efficacy of two ‘NetballSmart’, netball specific warm-ups in improving landing technique measures in New Zealand secondary school netball players. Design Multi-site cluster experimental trial. Participants 77 youth participants, mean ±SD age = 15.8 ± 0.9 were recruited from secondary school netball teams. Setting 12...
Article
Objectives To review netball ankle and knee injuries between 2008 and 2017. Design Audit of insurance injury claims. Methods Data were divided into 5 equal year groups (2008/9, 2010/11, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2016/17), and 3 age groups (10 to 14 years, 15 to 19 years, 20 to 24 years old). Raw injury counts and injury rates per 1000 affiliated players...
Article
Objectives This study aimed to (1) quantitatively assess external knee abduction moments between legs, and (2) qualitatively assess anterior cruciate ligament injury risk between group mean and individual athlete data during the sidestep manoeuvre. Design Descriptive cross-sectional study. Methods Sixteen male academy-level rugby union athletes (...
Article
Full-text available
The aim of this study was to update the validity of the Taekwondo Anaerobic Intermittent Kick Test compared with the 30-s Wingate anaerobic test as the "Gold-Standard", squat jump and countermovement jump tests. The second objective was to examine whether this new specific test would be able to effectively discriminate between elite taekwondo athle...
Article
Full-text available
Background Agility in general and change-of-direction speed (CoD) in particular represent important performance determinants in elite soccer.Objectives The objectives of this study were to determine the effects of a 6-week neuromuscular training program on agility performance, and to determine differences in movement times between the slower and fa...
Article
Full-text available
Lower limb external maximal power output capacity is a key physical component of performance in many sports. During squat jump and countermovement jump tests, athletes produce high amounts of mechanical work over a short duration to displace their body mass (i.e. the dimension of mechanical power). Thus, jump height has been frequently used by the...
Article
Full-text available
Investigations of trunk strength with high-level athletes are limited. The purpose of this study was to compare maximal concentric isokinetic trunk extension and flexion torque, power, and strength ratios between high-level weightlifters (n = 20), wrestlers (n = 20) and a control (n = 25) population. Isokinetic dynamometry was used to evaluate peak...
Article
Full-text available
The assessment of horizontal force during overground sprinting is increasingly prevalent in practice and research, stemming from advances in technology and access to simplified yet valid field methods. As researchers search out optimal means of targeting the development of horizontal force, there is considerable interest in the effectiveness of ext...
Article
Full-text available
IntroductionThere is controversy in the literature in regards of the link between training load and injury rate. Thus, the aims of this non-interventional study were to evaluate relationships between pre-season training load with biochemical markers, injury incidence and performance during the first month of the competitive period in professional s...
Article
Objectives: To investigate the efficacy of the NetballSmart Dynamic Warm-up in improving physical performance measures in New Zealand secondary school netball players. Design: Cluster randomised controlled trial. Setting: A seven-week intervention study in secondary school netball. Participants: 81 youth netball players (Intervention group,...
Article
McKenzie, CR, Whatman, C, and Brughelli, M. Performance profiling of female youth netball players. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2018-The purpose of this study was to investigate the physical performance characteristics of New Zealand secondary school netball players to provide a physical performance profile and determine whether there are di...
Article
Lenetsky, S, Brughelli, M, Nates, RJ, Neville, JG, Cross, MR, and Lormier, AV. Defining the phases of boxing punches: A mixed-method approach. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2019-Current research on punching in boxing has explored both kinematic and kinetic variables; however, there is no shared structure in the literature to describe these fi...
Article
Full-text available
This study aimed (i) to explore the relationship between vertical (jumping) and horizontal (sprinting) force–velocity–power (FVP) mechanical profiles in a large range of sports and levels of practice, and (ii) to provide a large database to serve as a reference of the FVP profile for all sports and levels tested. A total of 553 participants (333 me...
Data
Database of force-velocity profile from horizontal and vertical modalities in various sports modalities, level and sex. F0, theoretical maximal force; v0, theoretical maximal velocity; Pmax, theoretical maximal power; LL, low level or amateur; ML, medium level or semi-professional; HL, high level or professional; EL, elite level or international.
Article
Full-text available
This study aimed to analyse fatigue-induced changes in mechanical sprinting properties during a specific repeated-sprint test in elite rugby sevens athletes. Twenty elite rugby sevens players performed ten 40 m sprints on a 30 s cycle with participant’s running back and forth in a marked lane. Radar was used to assess maximal overground sprint perf...
Article
Full-text available
Background Head/neck dynamic response to perturbation has been proposed as a risk factor for sports-related concussion. Objectives The aim of this systematic review was to compare methodologies utilised to assess head/neck dynamic response to perturbation, report on magnitude, validity and reliability of the response, and to describe modifying fact...
Article
Full-text available
Aim: Hamstring muscle injury is the main injury related to sports requiring sprint acceleration. In addition, hamstring muscles have been reported to play a role in horizontal force production during sprint acceleration performance. The aim of the present study was to analyze (i) the determinants of horizontal force production and (ii) the role of...
Preprint
The assessment of horizontal force during over-ground sprinting is becoming increasingly prevalent in practice and research, stemming from advances in technology and access to simplified field-methods. As researchers search out optimal means of targeting the development of horizontal force, there is considerable interest in the effectiveness of ext...
Article
Current research into punching in boxing has explored both kinematic and kinetic variables, however there is no shared structure in the literature to describe these findings. A common method used to provide a shared structure in other sporting tasks is the definition of movement phases. To define the phases of four punches used in boxing (lead and...
Preprint
Full-text available
KEY POINTS 1. Despite a widespread use, we contended that jump height as measured during vertical jump tests is not a good indicator of lower limb power or maximal power output capability. 2. We showed this based on several confounding factors: body mass, push-off distance, individual force-velocity profile and optimal force-velocity profile. Some...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
Introduction The mechanical determinants of short distance sprinting performance are currently unclear. While analyses have been performed on longer distance sprints (Morin et al. 2012), the importance of magnitude and expression of horizontal force production capabilities has not been clearly defined for short distances. This data would provide in...
Article
Full-text available
Introduction: Laterality (i.e., handedness, footedness, and eyedness) could have an impact on highly repeated soccer movements and thus, could influence performance. The purpose of this study was to examine the laterality of high-level football players and its effects on 180° left and right U-turn movements. Materials and Methods: Handedness, foote...
Article
Contexte La lésion musculaire des ischio-jambiers est la principale blessure observée dans les sports d’accélérations et de sprints. Il existe un lien entre la pratique du sprint et la lésion des ischio-jambiers. Par ailleurs, les ischio-jambiers jouent un rôle dans la performance en sprint via leur capacité à produire une force horizontale orienté...
Article
We read with great interest and attention the case-study published by Setuain et al. (2017) and would like to express our concern regarding the methodology implemented and resultant data: in brief, the data appear to be incorrect. The authors address a topic of considerable interest - hamstring injury in soccer players (Ekstrand et al., 2016). The...
Article
Striking impact kinetics are central to performance in combat sports. Despite a multitude of assessment, few in the literature have explored the variability and reliability of punching force assessment. Consequently, this study assessed the variability and reliability of measured punching impact kinetics in untrained and experienced boxers, using a...
Article
Full-text available
The ability of the human body to generate maximal power is linked to a host of performance outcomes and sporting success. Power-force-velocity relationships characterize limits of the neuromuscular system to produce power, and their measurement has been a common topic in research for the past century. Unfortunately, the narrative of the available l...
Article
Full-text available
Our aims were to assess single-leg balance in rugby union athletes and compare the stability indices between legs and between positions. Thirty athletes, forwards and backs (n = 15 / 15) performed single-leg balance measured at two difficulty levels (Level 8 [more stable] and Level 2 [less stable]) using the Biodex Balance SD System. The backs' non...
Article
Full-text available
Ballistic performances are determined by both the maximal lower limb power output (P max ) and their individual force-velocity (F-v) mechanical profile, especially the F-v imbalance (FV imb ): difference between the athlete's actual and optimal profile. An optimized training should aim to increase P max and/or reduce FV imb . The aim of this study...
Article
Background The hamstring muscles are the most injured muscles in athletes practicing sprints. In addition, they seem greatly contributing to the production of horizontal force, a key element in the sprint acceleration performance. Objective To experimentally analyse the relationship between horizontal force production and hamstrings strength durin...
Article
Full-text available
The purposes of this study were to determine the acute effects of handheld loading on horizontal jump distance and biomechanics during a single standing horizontal jump in female netball players, and to determine individualised optimum loads relative to body mass (BM), for enhancing jump distance. Twelve netball players performed single, standing h...
Article
Full-text available
Purpose: To ascertain whether force-velocity-power relationships could be compiled from a battery of sled-resisted overground sprints and to clarify and compare the optimal loading conditions for maximizing power production for different athlete cohorts. Methods: Recreational mixed-sport athletes (n = 12) and sprinters (n = 15) performed multipl...
Article
Full-text available
Understanding the impact of friction in sled sprinting allows the quantification of kinetic outputs and the effective loading experienced by the athlete. This study assessed changes in the coefficient of friction (µk) of a sled sprint-training device with changing mass and speed to provide a means of quantifying effective loading for athletes. A co...
Conference Paper
Objective The hamstring muscles are the most injured muscles in athletes practicing sprints. However, they seem greatly contributing to the production of horizontal force, a key element in the sprint acceleration performance. The aim of our study was to experimentally analyse the link between the production of horizontal force and strength of the h...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
Striking impact has been explored repeatedly in combat sports. The majority of methods used in the literature require intricate equipment. This study implemented a novel and simple method of measuring impact kinetics using a common, commercially available striking bag. Impulse and peak force of impacts were determined, with reliability and validity...
Article
Lower-extremity power characteristics are central to performance in rugby. However little is known regarding the effects of leg preference and playing position on sprint mechanics. The purpose of this study was to profile sprint kinetics and kinematics in rugby union athletes and compare between legs and between positions. Thirty male academy-level...
Presentation
Full-text available
AIM: Ballistic performances, notably jumping, are key factors in many sport activities. They are mostly determined by the maximal power (Pmax) that lower limbs can generate but also by the individual Force-velocity (F-v) mechanical profile characterizing the ratio between maximal force and maximal unloaded extension velocity capabilities. An indivi...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
Introduction Maximal power production (P max) is considered central to sprinting performance (Rabita et al. 2015). Power profiling during sprinting has occurred through several different methods (e.g. Samozino et a. 2015), allowing the magnitude and balance of mechanical capacities to be quantified and compared. However, no attempt has been made to...
Article
Full-text available
Abstract Background Head impacts and resulting head accelerations cause concussive injuries. There is no standard for reporting head impact data in sports to enable comparison between studies. Objective The aim was to outline methods for reporting head impact acceleration data in sport and the effect of the acceleration thresholds on the number of...
Article
Full-text available
Recent literature supports the importance of horizontal ground reaction force (GRF) production for sprint acceleration performance. Modeling and clinical studies have shown that the hip extensors are very likely contributors to sprint acceleration performance. We experimentally tested the role of the hip extensors in horizontal GRF production durin...
Article
Full-text available
Handheld load has been reported to enhance horizontal jump performance, however little is known about its influence on ground reaction forces (GRF), especially in female athletes. This study investigated the effects of individualized optimal handheld loading on the technical and physical ability to apply GRF during horizontal jumping in female netb...
Article
Full-text available
Very little is currently known about the effects of acute hamstring injury on over-ground sprinting mechanics. The aim of this research was to describe changes in power-force-velocity properties of sprinting in two injury case studies related to hamstring strain management: Case 1: during a repeated sprint task (10 sprints of 40 m) when an injury o...
Article
Full-text available
Context: Muscle imbalances aid in the identification of athletes at risk for lower-extremity injury. Little is known regarding the influence that leg preference or playing position may have on lower-extremity muscle strength and asymmetry. Purpose: To investigate lower-extremity strength profiles in rugby union athletes and compare isokinetic kn...
Article
Full-text available
Purpose: The aim of this study was to compare the effects of two strength and conditioning programs involving either purely vertically oriented or combining vertically and horizontally oriented exercises on soccer relevant performance variables (i.e. acceleration, jumping ability, peak power, and endurance). Methods: Twenty-two professional male so...
Article
To investigate differences in strength, shoulder range of motion and scapula position in a cohort of boxers in comparison with a control group of non-boxers. Cross-sectional study. 18 boxers with 3 or more years of experience (years = 5.5 ± 3.1, sessions per week = 4.3 ± 0.7, age = 27.0 ± 6.8) and 20 control participants (age = 28.3 ± 4.6). The par...
Article
Full-text available
Background: Direct impacts with the head (linear acceleration or pressure) and inertial loading of the head (rotational acceleration or strain) have been postulated as the 2 major mechanisms of head-related injuries such as concussion. Although data are accumulating for soccer and American football, there are no published data for nonhelmeted colli...
Article
Full-text available
Purpose: To compare mechanical properties of overground sprint running in elite rugby union and rugby league athletes. Methods: Thirty elite rugby code (15 rugby union and 15 rugby league) athletes participated in this cross-sectional analysis. Radar was used to measure maximal overground sprint performance over 20 or 30 m (forwards and backs, r...
Article
Background The effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes are often distorted by the athlete’s desire to return and can result in injury recurrence. Athletic assessments allow for objective and reliable measurements to track rehabilitation progress. This case study used a multi-component assessment strategy to assess a rugby player’s lower-extremit...
Article
Full-text available
Background: Knee joint mechanics during sidestepping are associated with anterior cruciate ligament injury. Unplanned sidestepping more closely emulates game scenarios when compared with planned sidestepping by limiting decision time, increasing knee loading and challenging the integrity of soft-tissue structures in the knee. It is important to qu...
Article
Full-text available
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a pre-season taper on individual power-force-velocity profiles and jump performance in professional National Rugby League (NRL) players. Seven professional rugby league players performed concentric squat jumps using ascending loads of 25, 50, 75, 100% body mass before and after a 21 day st...
Article
The purposes of this study were to investigate the effects of haltere/hand-held loading on the kinematics and kinetics of horizontal jumping, and to determine if an optimum relative load (% BM) exists in order to maximum jump distance. A repeated measures ANOVA with post hoc contrasts was used to determine the effects of haltere loading (no externa...
Article
Full-text available
The aim of this study was to profile the physical characteristics of soccer players measured by acceleration, vertical jump (VJ), horizontal jump (HJ) and change of direction ability (CODA) tests, and quantify the relationships between these characteristics. Additionally, leg asymmetries between dominant and non-dominant legs during unilateral VJ a...
Article
Full-text available
Purpose: The aim of this study was to compare the effects of 2 strength and conditioning programs involving either purely vertically oriented or combining vertically and horizontally oriented exercises on soccer-relevant performance variables (ie, acceleration, jumping ability, peak power, and endurance). Methods: Twenty-two professional male so...
Article
THE CONCEPT OF USING HANDHELD LOADING DURING A STANDING LONG JUMP DATES BACK ALMOST 3,000 YEARS TO ANCIENT GREECE. THIS MAY HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE EARLIEST ATTEMPTS TO PASSIVELY ENHANCE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE. DESPITE NUMEROUS LIMITATIONS IN THE MORE RECENT LITERATURE, RESEARCHERS HAVE REPORTED ACUTE ENHANCEMENTS IN HORIZONTAL JUMPING DISTANCE. HOWEVER...
Article
Full-text available
Purpose: While several studies have documented isokinetic knee strength in junior and senior rugby league players, investigations of isokinetic knee and hip strength in professional rugby union players are limited. The purpose of this study was to provide lower-extremity strength profiles and compare isokinetic knee and hip strength of professiona...
Article
Full-text available
The purpose of this article was to compare strength, speed and power characteristics between playing position (forwards and backs) in elite rugby league players. A total of 39 first team players (height 183.8 ± 5.95 cm; body mass = 100.3 ± 10.7 kg; age 24 ± 3 years) from a National Rugby League club participated in this study. Testing included 10,...
Article
Full-text available
Manson, SA, Brughelli, M, and Harris, NK. Physiological characteristics of international female soccer players. J Strength Cond Res 28(2): 308-318, 2014-The purpose of this study was to investigate the physiological characteristics of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) eligible international female soccer players aged 14-36 ye...
Article
Full-text available
The objectives of this study were to examine the consequences of an acute hamstring injury on performance and mechanical properties of sprint-running at the time of returning to sports and after the subsequent ~2 months of regular soccer training after return. 28 semi-professional male soccer players, 14 with a recent history of unilateral hamstrin...
Article
Full-text available
Sport-related concussions are a subset of mild traumatic brain injuries and are a concern for many sporting activities worldwide. To review and update the literature in regard to the history, pathophysiology, recognition, assessment, management and knowledge of concussion. Searches of electronic literature databases were performed to identify studi...
Article
Full-text available
The effects of vest loading on sprint kinetics and kinematics during the acceleration and maximum velocity phases of sprinting are relatively unknown. A repeated measures ANOVA with post hoc contrasts was used to determine whether performing 6 s maximal exertion sprints on a non-motorized force treadmill, under two weighted vest loading conditions...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON THE USE OF LOWER-EXTREMITY INJURY ASSESSMENTS FOR A RUGBY PLAYER’S RETURN-TO-PLAY S R Brown1, M Brughelli1, P A Hume1, D King1, N Gill2, H Craighead3, S Kara4 1Rugby Codes Research Group, Sports Performance Research In New Zealand (SPRINZ) at AUT Millennium Institute, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland...