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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


In this module, we have presented a number of examples of periodised strength and power programmes. We started by describing a commonly used mesocycle format for hypertrophy development. While acknowledging that the S&C coach is best placed to determine the focus of the pre-season or indeed the various cycles that will be available during the in-season, the programmes presented here are productive in developing strength and power. Our main programme design was based on the linear model as we wanted to progress from a beginner stage of development in terms of strength and power training onto an intermediate level. We also introduced examples of non-linear programme design. Thus we noted other effective periodised methods such as the daily undulating periodisation model. In addition we referenced and described both complex and contrast training methods which can be effectively used.

This topic has allowed us present numerous examples of strength related training programmes that have been shown to be effective in developing strength and power in the player. Finally, we hope that the S&C coach will now have a balanced overview of the concept and practical use of a periodised approach to resistance training within a rugby union context.