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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

Practical applications

The practical applications of this study as noted by the authors include the following:

  • Training programmes for sevens players should develop all physical capacities.
  • These capacities should focus on endurance, speed, acceleration, repeated sprint, and power.
  • Based on the potential for competing demands, players training concurrently for both Rugby Union and Rugby sevens should prioritise their training programme according to specific anthropometric and fitness requirements and timing of competitive seasons.
  • There is a need for players of all positions to achieve minimum performance standards for competitive success at the international level.
  • Assessing an individual player’s strengths and weaknesses facilitates the prescription of an individualised training program.
  • Regular physiological and anthropometric assessments are recommended to monitor players’ physical development progression.
  • Finally, simple field-based tests may be employed to assess training adaptations and prescribe velocity thresholds for both training and performance monitoring in place of time-consuming and expensive laboratory-based tests.

A structured testing regimen conducted at various phases of the season (e.g. off-season, preseason, midseason) will assist in planning periodised training programmes and evaluating their effectiveness.