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


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.