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

Long Term Player Development Pathway and key principles

The growth spurt (Peak Height Velocity)

The term that is used to describe the developmental age of the player is age of Peak Height Velocity. Typically, this stage of growth occurs for females between 12 and 13 years (but this can vary between 10 and 15 years of age) and for males between 13 and 14 years of age (this can, in reality, occur between 11 and 15).

Appreciating the physical and the psycho-emotional differences that may exist within a given age group of players allows the Strength and Conditioning coach to prescribe more individually the practices and training loads for players. For example, if a Strength and Conditioning coach is managing players who have not reached their growth spurt stage, then, according to the principles of the Long Term Player Development Pathway, these players have a great facility for learning new skills (Balyi et al, 2005, Zwick ,2008). This concept is known as the ‘windows of opportunity’.