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

Module summary

In this module, we have described the elements and the methods used to improve speed. We noted that while speed is strongly influenced by genetics, all players can improve their speed. Each speed element is trainable. The game of Rugby tasks the player’s speed capabilities in more ways than just linear acceleration. However, we concentrated on the methods used to advance acceleration in particular as it plays a very important role in the game of Rugby.

We also noted the important influence of strength on speed. Indeed it is clear that strength and power are essential components required to play the game of Rugby. Module 1, however, focused on Anatomical Adaptation through the use of body weight exercises using a circuit type format. The Level 2 course will also focus on the development of strength and power and introduce more formal resistance training methods using barbells and dumbbells.

We noted in this module that game fitness could be developed using ‘conditioned games’ and other game-related training methods. We presented some examples of conditioned games which can be modified and used for players at all stages of the game.