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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

Speed development - introduction and deceleration training

Deceleration, reactive agility and plyometrics

In this topic, we advance the S&C coaches understanding and practical coaching competence by describing the importance of deceleration training, reactive agility training and plyometrics. Just as acceleration is important to the Rugby player so too is the ability to slow down or decelerate quickly. Deceleration is required by players in all position in the game of Rugby. Further, in order to be efficient in changing direction the ability to control speed is important.

Reactive agility training is different to the pre-planned agility or change of direction training that we presented in Level 1. Reactive requires little if any pre-planned conscious thought. The reactive nature of play demands that the player subconsciously processes the signals and signs that take place in a split second during play and responds or reacts to them. Here, we describe reactive agility training in some detail.

Plyometrics are considered a key secondary method of developing speed and power and also agility. Here in this topic we examine the different types of plyometric actions and we also consider where we place this effective speed enhancing training method into the rugby players training programme.