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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

Types of conditioning

Traditional conditioning

Traditionally, Rugby players completed training routines such as classical interval training methods to prepare for the intermittent aerobic and anaerobic demands of the sport. While these methods were successful in improving maximum oxygen uptake and general endurance (as reflected using field tests such as the ‘bleep’ test or progressive shuttle run test) the specific game demands were still relatively neglected.

Figure 1. Players typically complete ‘traditional’ interval type training to improve their anaerobic and repeat sprint ability.