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

Specificity in training

Coaches must ensure that training adequately prepares the players for the various types of activities involved in rugby. Historically, many training programmes concentrated on the steady state endurance type training method used by long distance athletes, especially during pre-season. Coaches believed that if the players’ aerobic fitness levels were improved then they would be able to endure or withstand an 80-minute game.

However, we have noted that while a level of aerobic fitness is important for promoting faster recovery between intense maximal efforts, developing high levels of aerobic fitness may blunt gains in strength, power and speed and potentially give rise to overuse injuries (Brunker & Khan, 1994, Hennessy and Watson, 1994). Thus, game-related conditioning, which includes both multi-sprint/activity units and conditioned games are our choice of conditioning methods for developing players’ game-related fitness.