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Introduction
LTPD Pathway
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Anatomical Adaptation
Game Demands
Conditioning for Rugby
Periodisation in Rugby
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Training modes for speed

Resistance training

It is important to repeat the message from our earlier discussions regarding resistance training. Resistance training combined with speed training is beneficial (Kotzamanidis et al, 2005, Delecluse, 1997). Developing strength and power through resistance training takes time and better results are achieved when training is supervised. Later in our Level 2 programme of studies, an introduction to resistance training will feature. Strength and Conditioning coaches are recommended to complete a practical resistance training course in order to gain the practical competencies in coaching not only the Olympic lifts but also general resistance training exercises.

It is important to continue resistance training throughout the season (Legg and Burnham, 1999, Izquierdo et al, 2007). Continuing even a reduced frequency of periodised strength training will serve to maintain and even advance strength and power and also assist with the maintenance of the various elements of speed (Kraemer et al, 2003, Izquierdo et al, 2007).