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Ageing and Performance

Muscle power and strength

Sleep deprivation

Sleep your way to better performance

Sports Drinks

When sports drinks don’t work

Rugby training: in-season strength and conditioning work

A training programme for rugby players that will enable maximum benefits from limited training time

Carbohydrate drinks, gels and bars

Why two carbs are better than one

Recovery: Cold water immersion (CWI) and the importance of sleep

The role of sleep in recovery

Athletes: Posture comes before training

The components of posture and its importance for athletes

Resistance training and muscle protein synthesis

Latest research to increase strength and muscle mass

The psychology of speed training

Mental preparation to enhance speed training and improve performance

Interval training: good for health as well as performance!

Intervals benefit performance at all levels of sport

Focusing attention on concentration

Attentional control in sport

Caffeine: old friend, new findings!

Andrew Hamilton explains new research about training and competing with caffeine supplements

Maximising the Anabolic Response to Training

Nick Tiller presents six evidence-driven but seldom practised methods by which athletes can promote the anabolic process to maximise training adaptation, promote recovery and improve athletic performance.

Fatmax: fat fact or fat fiction?

The loss of excess fat isn’t just aesthetic – it almost always produces enhanced performance

Warming up: the latest research into stretching

There’s increasing evidence that stretching before exercise doesn’t improve performance or reduce injury risk

Rugby training: conditioning techniques

With Ian Burbedge

1) Press-up, sprint and alternate ball carry

Player sprints with ball under one arm 5 yards, then does one press-up, puts ball under other arm, sprints another 5 yards, does one more press-up, puts ball under first arm, then sprints back to start position.

Rugby training- how professional rugby players improve their strength and fitness

Peak Performance talks to Sean Lamont, Josh Lewsey and Mark Bitcom

Rugby Training: Secrets of the Rugby World Cup Players

Scotland's Rugby Fitness Coach shares his rugby training tips

Weight Training Routines for Rugby Players

A rugby tackle requires explosive power – here are some strength training tips on how to get it

Fitness Training for Rugby Union

Rugby conditioning: the fitness standards rugby players and coaches should be aiming for

Preventing Injury: Risk factors for rugby players

Previous rugby injuries predict in-season problems for rugby players

Women's Rugby: Resistance training for rugby

A women's rugby trainer divulges her rugby conditioning secrets from the World Cup

Sports psychology: Post-game recovery for rugby players

Is exercise better than rest for psychological recovery after a game of rugby?

Ladder Drill: Two Feet in Each Rung

Ladder Drill: Two Feet in Each Rung

A progression from the One Foot in Each Rung drill, challenges the speed of co-ordination of the athlete. Have the athlete perform the drill correctly by asking them to start off slowly to get a feel of the movement.

Powerful, Accurate and Injury Free Kicking - A Mental Guide

Kicking Training for Rugby and Football

strength training for children

Strength Training For Children : Why young athletes should be encouraged to work out with weights

underperformance syndrome

Underperformance Syndrome - how youth rugby coaches are using psychology to raise their players' game

training for football and rugby

Football and rugby teams pre-season training

Psychometric tests: a case study focusing on rugby league side Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants and their search for a new coach

The role of sports psychology in sport

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