Modern theories of strength and power training for men and women
The dynamics of modern rugby
Routledge, Taylor & Francis
School of Medical and Health Sciences / Exercise Medicine Research Institute
Within the parameters of the game, the various rugby codes popular around the world present a significant challenge to the athletes. Indeed, as a collision and contact sport, rugby requires a diverse physical make-up where the athlete must not only withstand the rigors of the game but also demonstrate the ability to express high levels of speed, strength, and power. Programs can achieve success provided that they consist of the three basic governing principles that control the prescription of each acute training program variable: specificity, progressive overload, and variation. There is a multitude of underlying biological foundations that will dictate the adaptive potential of an individual’s response to a workout. With the host of different periodized programs well established in both theory and practice, flexibility of workouts used became the basis of the approach. Flexible non-linear programs act as a “chameleon” programming model that can fade in and out of workout sequences as needed to achieve a mesocycle training goal.