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

The principles of training

Detraining or reversibility

This principle states that gains made through training are lost when training ceases (Izquierdo et al, 2007). The course of detraining will be impacted by the duration of the immediate previous training background. For example, if a short pre-season period of training occurs (say a six-week period) and should little or no strength training take place in-season, then the gains made during pre-season may be gradually lost such that the player returns to baseline at an early point in the in-season. Studies have shown that when strength training is maintained at a reduced frequency of training during the in-season then gains in strength can occur (Kraemer et al, 2003, Izquierdo et al, 2007, Weiss, 1988).