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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

Introduction to player profiling

Demands of the games compared

We have previously noted that there is approximately a 45% greater relative running volume during the sevens game compared to the 15-a-side game. We also noted that as the level of performance increases from club to international level that the intensity of play also increases. This may imply that players at the highest level of the game will have high levels of endurance and different anthropometric or body composition profiles compared to the 15-a-side game players. Given that there is a greater running demand at higher intensities per minute of play in the sevens game, it could be argued that having less fat weight might enhance the player’s running or endurance capacity. Also, the ability to sprint fast and to maintain a high running speed over distances longer than those covered during the 15-a-side game suggest that greater speed levels and perhaps speed endurance exist in the seven’s players.