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


Recovery from playing - the Rugby studies

Studies have shown that Rugby players can still exhibit significant muscle damage in their bodies 48 hours after a game (Takarada et al, 2003). Takarada and his team of researchers have also provided evidence to show that the greater the number of tackles, the greater the damage occurring. In essence, while recovery should be constantly emphasised in the 48 hours following match play, greater attention to recovery is required for match play that is typically more intense than normal.

Sound nutritional and acute recovery strategies are important in helping to reduce the recovery period especially when games are scheduled from week to week. For the Rugby coach in this situation, they may help recovery by ensuring that there is little if any impact or contact practice in this 48-hour time frame post match play, as these are the activities that provoke highest muscle damage (Takarada et al, 2003). The implications from this study are that the coach should plan recovery strategies and other non-impact low intensity conditioning or game-related activities into the schedule during the two days after the previous game. It is challenging, however, for the coach to allow a full 48 hours where no intense practice or training occurs.