In 2022, with both the increased professional standards and global popularity of rugby, there has been a shift in the identity of its elite competitors. There are now higher expectations placed on the elite athlete, often requiring a 100 percent commitment on and off the field.
We at F4S have a performance hypothesis that professional rugby players of today are not only highly experienced but they also bring a very unique skill set to their performance that sets them apart from many other sports.
Our research project seeks to discover what those specific X-Factor human skill sets are and how they impact players professionally and personally.
Together (with your help) we can achieve the following:
It will take only 15-25 minutes to answer the two surveys, and in return you’ll get:
Following Duval’s research in 2013 and 2018 asking the question can entrepreneurial success be predicted, Fingerprint for Success (F4S) has been committed to researching performance, wellbeing and human development in the future of work.
With the increasing physical and mental toll on professional athletes, F4S has asked the question, can sustainable high performance be predicted in international rugby?
The sustainability of high performance rugby players has long been a topic of discussion. An article published by The Guardian titled ‘Rugby union’s brutal reality: the physical and mental toll of an elite playing career’(2016), highlights that the Rugby Football Union, Premier Rugby and the Rugby Players’ Association continue to invest in ensuring today’s players are fit for purpose, physically and emotionally, now and for the future.
With tailored programmes to eat, train and sleep by; GPS units to monitor physical activity or injury; daily questionnaires to assess emotional health and personal development officers to assist in individual development. This leads to the question, does the increasing need for these resources validate a need to predict and prepare athletes for the demands of professional rugby?
Price (2007) adds that “due to both the professionalisation and globalisation of rugby, there has been a shift in the identity of its elite competitors. There are now higher expectations placed on the athlete, often requiring a '100 percent commitment”. Add the impact of COVID, border closures and international travel, and players being isolated, the need to increase support for professional rugby athletes is crucial.
We want to Identify attitudes and motivations of those who achieve and sustain high levels of performance to help predict, support and provide tailored programs to contribute to the development of future professional rugby players.
Our goal is to ultimately not only achieve high performance but sustain it, achieving outcomes for professional rugby athletes and helping them to continue playing at their best.
Fingerprint for Success (F4S) is a human development platform on a mission to empower individuals and teams to make amazing things happen at work and in life.
Launched in 2016, our platform is used by people in 195 countries, and counting.
Previously, we have partnered with giants like Canva and Startup Genome on global studies that have lead to world-first discoveries and the development of alternative treatments, coaching programs and further research.
For this study on sustainable high performance, we are aiming to partner with communities that deeply care about advancing research in supporting athletes to achieve their best and highest success.
To participate, you will need to share your email address so we can send you the research findings and give you access to your own results from the assessment.