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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


If performed correctly, a stop can be used to enhance the subsequent start. In Rugby, players are often required to perform high-speed, sudden stops. For example, a player who is travelling at high speed must often come to a sudden stop to secure the ball, to make a tackle or to change direction. Deceleration is also required in evading or dodging an opponent.

Figure 1. Player decelerates to change direction.