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

The principles of training


Recovery is often considered the forgotten training principle (Gould et al, 1998). As noted in Figure 1, following a training unit fatigue is a natural response. Recovery then occurs if fatigue is being successfully managed by the player. While the rate of recovery between players can vary, the Strength and Conditioning coach can ensure better recovery by adhering to the principles of training. In addition, the principles of Periodisation are very important in ensuring well planned training which places recovery (through unload and tapering) as a central feature of the programme.

Later in this module, we will also discuss some acute recovery strategies which may be of use in speeding recovery within the training week.