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LTAD - a critique
Demands of the game
Profile of players
Functional screening
Resistance training
Speed and agility training
Integrated game conditioning

Contact metrics

Heart rate response

Overall, it seems that forwards may experience a greater relative heart rate response due in part to their greater tackle count and their engagement in 3.9+/-1.5 scrums which likely adds to their greater intensity of effort during play. Further, the forwards display more time spent at an intensity greater than 90% of HRmax compared to the backs. Note that forwards covered less total running distance at medium and high intensity levels compared to backs. This suggests that the accumulated effect of greater impacts and contact resulted in greater internal load or stress on the forwards.