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


Progression is key

Following a period of general locomotion and if required individual stretching and a self-myofascial release routine, the warm-up should progress to preparing the player for the subsequent explosive and high intensity activity. The warm-up should progress to mimic the demands of the subsequent activity in the later stages of the warm-up. For example, a Rugby player should include acceleration and deceleration drills with changes of direction after a period of dynamic stretching. Following this active stage or during this stage of the warm-up, they may also include catching, kicking, passing, evasion, tackling and contact drills.

What is important to understand is that there is a need to gradually increase the level of intensity within the warm-up. This is as much for psychological reasons as well as physical preparation reasons. The more demanding and intense movements are placed later in the warm-up session.