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

Module summary

In this module, we described the demands of the game. We used time-motion studies completed on both age-grade and adult players to describe the activities of match play. These studies help us to plan better and manage the workload that is inherent in training, practice and playing.

We have also described the principles of training as they relate to the game of Rugby. These principles guide us in our planning of work and recovery. We also described the importance of both warm-up and cool-down activities. In doing so, we highlighted the importance of a progressive and dynamic warm-up. While we noted the preference of dynamic stretching over static stretching techniques, it was noted that static stretching is still an important mode of exercise for the individual player who wishes to address specific tight muscles and also as a post-exercise or cool-down activity.

Our next module will examine the component of speed and multi-sprint/activity training as well as conditioned games. These training activities will help you better prepare your players for the game of Rugby when incorporated within a broader programme of development.