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


Cooling the body

Given that training/exercise and Rugby match play is an inflammatory and muscle damage provoking activity and often pain inducing process, the application of cold therapy (where a player applies ice or actually immerses in a bath of cold water typically between 8 and 12 degrees Celsius) following exercise has, in theory, merit (Takarada et al, 2003, Eston & Peters, 1999).

However, while some studies show positive benefits as a result of cold water immersion following intense exercise (Eston & Peters, 1999), others question the effectiveness of such recovery strategies citing that certain individuals do not benefit from cold water immersion strategies (Bishop et al, 2008).