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Introduction
LTPD Pathway
Functional Screening
Anatomical Adaptation
Game Demands
Conditioning for Rugby
Periodisation in Rugby
Content
Questions

Introduction

Strength and Conditioning plays an important role not only in preparing the player to meet the demands of the game, but also in helping to reduce the risk of injury. In addition, there is evidence to suggest that the capacity of any sports player to perform is linked with a mature level of a wide range of Fundamental Movement Skills (Gallaghue and Donnelly, 2003).

As a result, it is important that the Strength and Conditioning coach is aware of best practice such that injury risk is minimised. Further, the Strength and Conditioning coach is encouraged to have an understanding of the role of fundamental movement skill development within the overall conditioning programme. The Strength and Conditioning coach will also need to be able to apply the principles of training and periodisation to affect development and maintenance in the key fitness components that are challenged during match play.