A Tactical Periodization Approach for Rugby Union
By Jason C. Tee, PhD, Michael Ashford, MSc, and David Piggott, PhD
Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
This is one of the most interesting papers I have come across concerning periodization in Rugby Union. Not many papers on the subject.
ABSTRACT : THE CONCEPT OF TACTICAL PERIODIZATION HAS BEEN POPULARIZED BY A NUMBER OF SUCCESSFUL, HIGH-PROFILE SOCCER COACHES. MORE RECENTLY, REPORTS HAVE INDICATED THAT TACTICAL PERIODIZATION APPROACHES ARE BEING USED WITHIN ELITE RUGBY UNION. HOWEVER, FEW REPORTS CURRENTLY EXIST, AND RESOURCES FOR COACHES INTERESTED IN USING A TACTICAL PERIODIZATION APPROACH
The idea of Tactical Periodization has been made popular recently by a number of high-profile soccer coaches and, with Jones’ recent work, seems to be making its way into rugby union. However, very few reports of Tactical Periodization currently exist, and only scant material is available for coaches interested in application. In this article, we have therefore tried to show how Tactical Periodization can be applied in rugby union to help coordinate long-term planning, improve the relevance and efficiency (specificity) of training, and prepare players more effectively for competition.