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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

Profiling the players

Players' physical description

Higham et al (2013) completed anthropometric (body mass, height, sum of 7 skinfolds, lean-mass index) tests on 18 male international Rugby players. The authors reported that the international Rugby sevens players more closely resemble the height and body mass of international 15-a-side Rugby Union backs as opposed to 15-a-side forwards. They noted that the sevens players were similar to the backs group in several studies where a mean body-mass range of between 85 and 93 kg was noted and their height ranged between 1.80 and 1.83 m.

In summary, the authors reported that Rugby sevens players had anthropometric characteristics (body mass 89.7 ± 7.6 kg, height 1.83 ± 0.06 m, sum of 7 skinfolds 52.2 ± 11.5 mm; mean ± SD) which were reported as similar to those of backs of the 15-a-side international game.