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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


The studies reviewed suggest that the physical demands of Rugby sevens are different from those encountered in the 15-a-side game. Taken together, the findings provide important information for the S&C coach when he or she is preparing to plan training aimed at developing physical and physiological qualities specific to the demands of competitive sevens Rugby.

Conditioning should take into account the increased overall running demands, which reflect high-intensity running training and an emphasis on reduced work-to-rest ratios. Further, the relative high engagement in longer sprinting at maximal efforts is an important component of fitness to develop. The requirement for both long and short sprinting traits for the game suggests that the faster player may have a distinct advantage in this sport.