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

The warm-up for an Anatomical Adaptation session

Dynamic stretching and mobility exercises are recommended as part of the warm-up for Anatomical Adaptation. The coach should be aware that static stretching protocols are not preferred in preparing Rugby players for subsequent higher intensities of effort (Fletcher and Jones, 2004). However, the exercises noted for addressing the relatively tight muscles, as outlined in the Functional Screening section, can be incorporated into an individual stretching phase for a group warm-up.

Following this, a gradual progression working to an intensity that matches the most demanding exercise or drill within the Anatomical Adaptation circuit is recommended. This may involve a progression towards acceleration drills and deceleration drills and other movement patterns that will be developed in the main part of the training or practice session.