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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

Course content

The Pre-Level 2 course will address eight key modules. These include:

  • A Critique of Long Term Player Development Models
  • Functional Screening including corrective Exercise
  • Demands of the Game (Sevens)
  • Profile of Players – a Physical and Physiological description
  • Resistance Training – including Olympic Style lifts
  • Speed and Agility
  • Integrated Conditioning
  • Periodisation – planning an 8 week mesocycle

The practical application of the content in the pre-reading material will be advanced and delivered during the face to face Level 2 course.

Pre-Level 2 Content Overview

The Level 2 course will expand on the strength and conditioning content and practices of the Level 1 S&C course. The modules addressed will seek to advance the coach’s knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning Strength and Conditioning for the Rugby player as well as enhancing the practical competencies to deliver an eight week periodised programme. In particular, the course will critique the long term development models currently used in player development planning. An analysis of the demands of the sevens game will be presented and followed by a description of the physical and fitness profile of players in the sevens game and 15 a-side game. As a follow up to these important topics, the implications for conditioning will be discussed.

Functional Screening will advance the introductory skills of the Level 1 course. In addition we introduce range of motion testing as well as the lunge pattern screen and we also describe and discuss corrective exercises. The Resistance training module will include practical instruction of the Olympic style lifts. This leads into the broader Resistance training planning that is central to all players physical development at all levels of the game. The basic foundation drills and activities of speed introduced in Level 1 will be advanced and will include agility and change of direction topics. Integrated conditioning will focus on multi game-activity training methods that include both game specific skill integration as well as popular high intensity and speed repeatability training methods. The integrated approach to conditioning is encouraged and aims to assist the S&C coach in becoming proficient and competent in delivering multi-activities to advance the game fitness of the player. Finally, the principles of periodisation will be expanded upon as we provide numerous examples of hypertrophy, strength and power training programmes that will assist the S&C coach in his or her planning of any given mesocycle, be it pre-season or in-season based.