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

The demands of the game

Work to rest ratios

The game is stop-start in nature, meaning that there is more time spent inactive and walking than there is in work. Work to rest ratios also vary between playing positions with outside backs having a greater rest period between work bouts than other playing positions. The work to rest ratio for forwards (1:7) is typically greater than for backs at 1:20 (Deutsch et al, 2006).

During work, the game places great demands on the primary and secondary energy systems, while during recovery periods, the aerobic system contributes significantly. As the nature of the game is stop-start there is little continuous steady state exertion. The bouts of work are interspersed with relatively longer periods of inactive and active recovery.