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LTPD Pathway
Functional Screening
Anatomical Adaptation
Game Demands
Conditioning for Rugby
Periodisation in Rugby


This module will present an overview of the background, principles and practical application of Periodisation within the game of Rugby.


The Strength and Conditioning coach will have an understanding of the principles of Periodisation and will be able to apply these within the context of a yearly Rugby plan.


Conditioning and practice is central to preparation for match play. At times, however, there is a thin line between coping with the workload of training, practice and match play and avoiding the entry into a chronically fatigued or overtrained state.

Being vigilant for the signs and symptoms that pre-empt overreaching and overtraining is the sign of good coaching practice. However, better coaching practice plans include intense, moderate, low intensity and recovery strategies in the programme with the express intention of avoiding overtraining.

To help guide the planning process the principles of training are used. These principles have already been outlined and are still the main guidelines for planning coaching and training. Periodisation is a method used to apply these principles. Thus, it is very important that the Strength and Conditioning coach understands both the principles of training and the concept of Periodisation if he is to prepare his players properly.

Terms used

The terms used within any discussion of Periodisation can often be confusing. This is because Periodisation was first modelled in the former Eastern Bloc countries, subsequently taken on board in western countries and during the process many expert coaches from Eastern Bloc countries presented and lectured in this area (Stone et al, 1981, Bompa et al, 2003).