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


Compression garments

Kraemer and colleagues (2001) have demonstrated that wearing a compression garment for five days following intense exercise was effective in reducing strength loss, soreness, swelling and stiffness. Also, Gill and colleagues (2005) showed how wearing compression garments for 12 hours following match play was equally as effective as active and contrast therapy.

Recent studies examining the effects of palm-cooling on subsequent performance may be beneficial for the player, especially if training and playing in hot conditions (Walker et al, 2009).

In general, while the evidence is mixed regarding the effectiveness of such strategies, contrast, cold and compression treatments do seem to have some positive effects on recovery though their effects on performance varies among individuals (Bishop et al, 2008).