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

Bracing the core – what is it and how to do it?

In simple terms, bracing results in a strong core prevents any strength leaks if completed correctly (McGill, 2009). By practising the action of bracing, the player is ensuring that their core is well prepared to maintain a strong and stable spine. The action of bracing the core is similar to preparing to receive a punch to the stomach. The player does not suck in the stomach; rather, they ensure that they have a tightly braced core. Ideal exercises to focus on learning the basics of bracing include the press-up and plank or pillar exercises.