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


Background principles

During its evolution, Periodisation was modelled according to Selye’s General Adaptation Syndrome (1956). This theory has previously been described in Module 1. Please refer to this for a recap on the theory. We have emphasised that with adherence to the principles of training used in conjunction with a Periodisation model, the player can continue to make positive adaptations throughout the year (Kraemer et al, 2003, Hakkinen et al, 1985).

When a player has to combine several training sessions in a training microcycle, it is clear that the process of recovery is going to be compromised unless there is a clear recovery monitoring system in place. This is something that the coach has to take into account in the planning process.

As stated, having a monitoring system in place helps the coach to identify when the player is recovered or approaching a supercompensation state.