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Speed Training And The Yearly Cycle

“The typical pre-season long running that is performed by many football codes to gain some quick fitness will have adverse effects on speed for the rest of the season by preconditioning the athletes to perform slowly, which can take up to six to eight months of speed type training to regain any quickness that is lost. A question that is regularly asked is: ‘When should speed training begin and how long should these sessions continue?’ Speed development should be performed all year round.” (Adrian Faccioni: Periodisation of Speed Training)

The following RFU conference video footage provides more information on:

  • Functional speed for rugby
  • Biomechanics of speed
  • Speed coaching
  • Power endurance for rugby

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