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Table 2 Results of thematic analysis of coaches perceptions on qualities characterising good adolescent male rugby players (n = 22)

From: Coaches’ perceptions on qualities defining good adolescent rugby players and are important for player recruitment in talent identification programs: the SCRuM project

Theme Category Sub-category
Physiological characteristics Muscular strength Total body strength
   Upper-body muscular strength
   Lower-body muscular strength
  Muscular power Total muscular power
   Upper-extremity power
   Lower-extremity
  Agility Agility
  Endurance Endurance
  Speed Speed
   Repeated running
  Anaerobic capacity Anaerobic capacity
  Balance Balance
  Coordination Coordination
  Muscle flexibility Muscle flexibility
  Repeated effort ability Repeated high intensity effort
Anthropometric variables Physical qualities Body mass
   Height
   Body composition
Game-specific skills Basic technical skills Passing
   Kicking
   Catching
   Tackling
   Evasion
   Ball handling skills
   Defensive/offensive skills
  Perceptual-cognitive skills Auditory skills
   Visual skills
   Anticipatory skills
   Decision making
   Game sense
   Adaptability
  Miscellaneous Communication skills
   Leadership
   Competitiveness
   Team player
Psychological qualities Mental strength Mental strength
  Emotional stability Emotionally stable
  Attitude and personal traits Positive attitude
   Courageous
   Determined
   Disciplined
   Teachable
   Passionate