A Tactical Periodization Approach for Rugby Union

By Jason C. Tee, PhD, Michael Ashford, MSc, and David Piggott, PhDInstitute 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 […]

Top 14 – Finally the end of the pounds

By Jeremy Fadat via Midi Olympique Interesting S&C and Nutrition Article, Less hypertrophy more Strength and Anaerobic Power. translated from the French, reading between the lines some of this is targeting the stretch–shortening cycle (SSC) Article in English  Original Article can be found here

Return to play after concussion

Recently I had to explain to a player why they couldn’t return to play immediately after a concussion and trying to explain the Return to Play Protocols. Unfortunately the player wants to get back on the pitch immediately and doesn’t understand the implications. After much explanation the player has relented and will seek medical advice. […]

An Investigation Into the Effects of Excluding the Catch Phase of the Power Clean on Force-Time Characteristics During Isometric and Dynamic Tasks: An Intervention Study

An interesting paper, The aims of this study were to compare the effects of the exclusion or inclusion of the catch phase during power clean (PC) derivatives on force-time characteristics during isometric and dynamic tasks, after two 4-week mesocycles of resistance training. Two strength matched groups completed the twice-weekly training sessions either including the catch […]

Upper Body program for Wheelchair Rugby (Murder ball) – Opinion Piece

Recently I listened a radio broadcast of an amazing athlete who while playing able body Rugby was badly injured and now is in a wheelchair, but it has not dampened his enthusiasm and I decided to research about Strength and Conditioning Programs for Murder Ball and I found that the wheelchair version of the sport […]

Partial Compared with Full Range of Motion Resistance Training for Muscle Hypertrophy:

A Brief Review and an Identification of Potential Mechanisms: Newmire, Daniel E.; Willoughby, Darryn S. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: September 2018 – Volume 32 – Issue 9 – p 2652–2664 Very Interesting Article: “Most of previous research has primarily focused on strength outcomes opposed to muscle hypertrophy. The purpose of the review is […]

How to Build Strength in Rock Climbers – Part 1

Most people have known me as Strength and Conditioning Coach primarily for Team Sports (Rugby Union and American Football), however, my passion has always been Rock Climbing since as long as I remember. So at present I have switched my focus to build strength in Climbers. Even with Rock climbing in the Olympics it is […]

Exercises That Will Make You a Better Rock Climber – Week 4 Bar Hangs

This week we are on to the Bar Hangs, easiest exercises of them all in my opinion. Purpose: Grip and core strength Targets: Hanging on to holds It goes without saying that having good grip strength is vital for climbing. Being able to hang onto even the tiniest of climbing holds makes all routes easier […]

What is Fartlek Training??

Fartlek, developed in the 1930’s, a Swedish term that means “speed play,” is a form of interval or speed training that can be effective in improving your running speed and endurance. Fartlek running involves varying your pace throughout your run, alternating between fast segments and slow jogs. Unlike traditional interval training that involves specific timed […]

Rehab Trainer- Quad Dominant?

By Ulrik Larsen: The fitness industry has seemed fixated with the idea of clients being “Quad Dominant” for as long as I have been involved in it – no doubt you have heard this term too? Google it! – so many very vocal and articulate writers decrying Quad Dominance, it is incredible. Have you noticed […]