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

Cool-down

Contrast baths

Vitassalo and colleagues (1996) showed how the use of both warm and cold bathing promoted a faster return of power following intense exercise. Since then, many teams have used contrast therapy as a post-training or competition recovery strategy. Vaille and colleagues (2007) also found that contrast water therapy was effective in enhancing recovery following intense training. Further, Gill and colleagues (2006) showed a faster recovery response following a period of one minute in cold water immersion (8-10 degrees Celsius) followed by a two minute period immersed in hot water (40-42 degrees Celsius) alternated for three cycles compared to a passive recovery following match play.