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

Defining speed

Elements of speed

Speed consists of many elements that are required to compete successfully in Rugby. The elements of speed found in the game are:

  • Recognition
  • Reaction
  • Anticipation
  • Linear
  • Agility
  • Acceleration
  • Quickness
  • Deceleration
  • Fast feet
  • Maximum speed
  • Side stepping
  • Flying speed
  • Weaving
  • Speed endurance
  • Cutting
  • Speed repeatability
  • Spinning
  • Ability to maintain speed
  • Swerving

Research has shown that the different speed elements are specific qualities and while there may be a relationship between elements, specific training is required for the development of each element (Little and Williams, 2005, Skemp-Arlt et al, 2004).