Priority Research Areas

PRIORITY AREAS FOR RESEARCH - 2019

PROCESS

In order to plan research for 2019, the Rugby League Research Committee invited key stakeholders to propose priority areas that the game should research. The key stakeholders are:

  • NRL departments
  • Standing committees formed by the NRL/ARLC
  • Telstra Premiership clubs
  • State Leagues
  • RLPA

If Junior/Senior Rugby League Clubs, Leagues or Zones wanted to suggest a priority area for research, then they should submit this through their existing process of communication up to and through the relevant State League.

Once the key stakeholders propose areas/topics to research, then the RLRC will consider these, shortlist and finalise a group of areas as priority research areas.

At this time, RLRC will invite universities/research institutions to lodge an Expression of Interest, to

  • transform an area into a specific research topic
  • propose how the applicant would research this area
  • apply for funding for their research proposal

When RLRC makes the initial call for priorities, universities/research institutions/other relevant external organisations may wish to speak to key stakeholders to

  • propose a priority area to research
  • ask a topic that they are interested in fits with the priorities of the RL stakeholder
  • enlist the stakeholder as a potential participant for an application for funding

Similarly, during the initial call for priorities, key stakeholders may wish to contact universities/research institutions that they believe could conduct a research project based upon their priority research area or research topic.

Call for EOI for Funding

After the call for priority areas/topics, the RL Research Committee considered submissions, and nominated 3 areas/topics for which stakeholders could submit an application for funding a specific research project. However, the Committee also invites applications for funding research project for topics that are not included in this shortlist.

Nominated Areas / Topics for research applications for 2019

  1. Participation and game development: Relative Age Effect and Birthplace Effect – recommendations and interventions to counter its impact upon participation in Rugby League
  2. Talent development pathways: Perspectives on constraints, barriers and facilitators of talent development with NZ Rugby League
  3. Participation: Multicultural engagement and/coaching and CALD communities

Priority Areas for Research - 2017

For information on the priority areas for research that were proposed in 2017, please see information at the link below:

2017 Priority Research Areas

2017 EOI call - Funded projects

Area  Topic  Organisation  Chief Investigator 
Workload How much pre-season training is required to prepare for NRL football?  Brisbane Broncos  Hickmans, Jeremy 
Concussion Measuring Brain Movement During Tackling  University of Newcastle  Gardner, Dr Andrew 
Female Prerequisites for the introduction of a National Women’s Competition: A scoping research project  UTS Sydney  Taylor, Professor Tracy
Participation Creating a thriving community for young people through junior rugby league  University of Qld  Mallett, Dr Cliff 

Registry of Research Projects Relating to Rugby League

Year of Project Completion  Project Title  Project Summary  RLRC Topic Area Principal Researcher Institution RLRC Assistance Project Status Publication Link Factsheet
2016  Injury Surveillance Review  A review of injury incidence and severity in the Telstra Premiership and National Youth Competition (Under 20) in 2016.          Sports Medicine Donna O'Connor University of Sydney Funded Completed      
2015  Injury Surveillance Review  Sports Medicine Donna O'Connor University of Sydney Funded Completed      
2014  Injury Surveillance Review  Sports Medicine Donna O'Connor University of Sydney Funded Completed      
2013  Injury Surveillance Review  Sports Medicine Donna O'Connor University of Sydney Endorsed Completed      
2012  Injury Surveillance Review  Sports Medicine Donna O'Connor University of Sydney Endorsed Completed      
2011  Injury Surveillance Review  Sports Medicine Donna O'Connor University of Sydney Endorsed Completed      
2010  Injury Surveillance Review  Sports Medicine Donna O'Connor University of Sydney Endorsed Completed      
2009  Injury Surveillance Review  Sports Medicine Donna O'Connor University of Sydney Endorsed Completed      
2008  Injury Surveillance Review  Sports Medicine Donna O'Connor University of Sydney Endorsed Completed      
2008 Injury Surveillance Review Sports Medicine Donna O'Connor University of Sydney Endorsed Completed      
2007 Injury Surveillance Review Sports Medicine Donna O'Connor University of Sydney Endorsed Completed      
2014 An investigation of junior Rugby League (8-12 years) Investigated modifications to the rules in pre-teen RL age groups (Under 6 to 12). Evaluate if changes increased involvement, technical and tactical skill development. Participation and Game Development Donna O'Connor, Wayne Cotton University of Sydney Endorsed Completed      
2015 An investigation of junior Rugby League (6-7 years) Participation and Game Development Donna O'Connor, Wayne Cotton University of Sydney Endorsed Completed      
2015 Queensland Junior Rugby League Player Retention Report 2014 to 2015 Survey of club players into factors influencing churn in season 2015 Participation and Game Development Brad Donald, James Hinchey, Mike Castle NRL NRL Endorsed Completed QRL    
2017 Injury Surveillance Review into Junior Rugby League Key objectives: Implement a sustainable injury surveillance paradigm into Junior Rugby League; Investigate injury characteristics, severity and incidence during training and in matches Sports Medicine Rhonda Orr University of Sydney Endorsed In Progress      
2017 Multidisciplinary approach to prediction and prevention of sports injuries including concussion   Sports Medicine Julie Hides Griffith University Endorsed In Progress      
2016 Heat Guidelines for Rugby League Research to obtain evidence to underpin heat guidelines for when to activate NRL Heat guidelines during matches, e.g. in early season Telstra Premiership games, RLWC games in PNG etc. Sports Medicine Antony Jay University of Sydney Funded In Progress      
2016 Munchkin League program Assessment Survey conducted to assess the performance of the Munchkin League program Participation and Game Development Wayne Usher Griffith University Endorsed Completed      
2017 Concussion profile in high performance and talent development pathways in Rugby League   Sports Medicine Rhonda Orr University of Sydney Funded In Progress      
2017 Evaluation of NRL CareerWise Program: Phase 2 Focus on the link between engagement in the CareerWise program and on-field performance Socio-cultural David Lavalee University of Stirling (UK) Funded In Progress      
TBC Head impact biomechanics after a shoulder charge collision in rugby Aims: 1) Determine RL head gear absorption effectiveness during shoulder charges (tackles) by quantifying the difference between impact acceleration and head acceleration magnitude. 2) Determine measurement agreement between a wired triaxial accelerometer Sports Medicine, Concussion Elizabeth Bradshaw Australian Catholic University - Melbourne Endorsed In Progress      
2018 (TBC) Managing Pasifika Diaspora in the NRL Thesis focus: challenges of diversity management in the context of Australian professional RL. It specifically examines the workplace perceptions and expectations of two groups: Pasifika (Pacific Islander & Māori) employees & their sport employers in NRL. Socio-cultural issues David Lakisa University of Technology, Sydney Funded In Progress      
2019 (TBC) Mental hardiness/resilience in elite youth rugby league athletes of North Queensland   Socio-cultural issues TBC Tropical Brain and Mind Research Foundation Funded Not Started      
2015 Concussion in Elite Junior Representative Rugby League: Knowledge, Management and Policy Compliance   Sports Medicine Rhonda Orr University of Sydney Endorsed Completed      
2017 (TBC) NRL National Retention Survey Retention survey conducted to better understand the drivers to participants leaving the game Participation and Game Development Wayne Usher Griffith University <None> In Progress      
TBC Everyday multiculturalism and sports practices in Western Sydney clubs: unveiling the multicultural pedagogies of sport (a pilot-study)   Socio Cultural Jorge Knijnik Western Sydney University Endorsed Not Started      
2018 (TBC) Neurodegenerative Diseases, Vascular-Related Illnesses, and Suicide in Former Professional Rugby Union and Rugby League Players  Aims: to ascertain death certificate defined cause from neurodegenerative disease, vascular-related illness, and suicide in a group of elite collision sport athletes. Sports Medicine Andrew Gardner University of Newcastle Endorsed In Progress      
2018 (TBC) Quantifying the impact of repetitive trauma on the brain and cardiovascular systems in NYC players   Sports Medicine Stuart Grieve University of Sydney Endorsed Not Started      
2008 A comparison of injury type and incidence in the tackle event of junior Rugby League games played under the 5 metre and 10 metre defensive line   Sports Medicine Dr Donna O'Connor University of Sydney Endorsed Completed      
2009 National Under 15 & Under 18 Survey Research relating to schools player & National Schoolboys Carnivals (TBC) Participation and Game Development Tracy Taylor University of Technology, Sydney <None> Completed