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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 - agility, training and testing


Agility can be defined as the reaction and movement as a result of a stimulus which demands simple, choice or recognition responses. A simple agility drill will entail responding to one signal. Choice and recognition agility demand greater perception and decision-making competencies. During this topic we presented clear evidence of the importance of understating the differences that exist in the speed element of agility. Many studies and indeed training programmes use simple pre-planned agility training drills to assess agility. These as we have seen do not seem to develop the perception and decision making responses that are essential in the random more ‘open’ agility skills that are common in Rugby Union.

Several studies highlight the effectiveness of random open skill drills and activities in developing choice agility. The S&C coach should be aware of the requirement for pre-planned and random agility activities if he /she is to properly prepare players for the game.