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

Cool-down

Massage

Despite the popularity of a post-training or post-match massage there is little to suggest that massage is effective in speeding recovery. Weerapong and colleagues (2005) completed a review of massage and its effectiveness as a recovery strategy. They concluded that while a number of studies could be cited supporting massage as a recovery mode, there appears to be no well-designed studies showing a strong effect of massage on recovery. An important point made in the review was that there may be potential psychological benefits of massage on recovery and these should not be discounted.