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

Long Term Player Development Pathway and key principles

Developmental age

Developmental age is more accurately associated with the different stages of development. The physical competence in terms of movement ability and physical fitness components of the young player throughout these stages will be quite varied within a given chronological age.

This is a key point to bear in mind when planning a given training and practice unit of work. For example, young Rugby players at the pre-puberty level will not have the same physiological capability to adapt to strength training as the more mature player at the post-puberty or adolescent stage.

Therefore, the more appropriate need at the early stage may be to learn and reinforce the skills of movement (for example running, sprinting, changing direction) and resistance training, as well as practise of the basic skills of the game, as opposed to seeking to develop maximum strength. However, pre-puberty athletes can still gain strength by learning the exercise techniques through body weight resistance and resistance training using barbells, dumbbells and other modes of resistance training using relatively light and manageable loads.