The Science of Rugby is the only book to examine the scientific principles underpinning the preparation of rugby players for high performance. Drawing on the very latest scientific evidence, and covering both codes (union and league), the book explores every aspect of preparation and performance that introduces best practice by leading coaches and sports science professionals from around the rugby world.
The book covers key topics such as:
- Physical preparation and conditioning
- Strength and power training
- Monitoring match and training demands
- Match-day strategies for enhancing physical and technical performance
- Management of fatigue and recovery
- Training and playing in the heat
- Travel and jet lag
- Injury epidemiology
- Psychological preparation
- Performance analysis
- Talent identification and youth development
The book also incorporates several case-studies to demonstrate how scientific principles have been applied in practice. No other book bridges the gap between theory and applied practice in rugby, from grass roots to elite international standard, and therefore this is essential reading for any student, researcher, sport scientist, coach, physiotherapist or clinician with an interest in the game.
Table of Contents
Introduction (Craig Twist and Paul Worsfold) Chapter 1. Physical preparation for rugby (Tim J. Gabbett) Chapter 2. Strength and power training for rugby (Daniel T. McMaster, Michael R. McGuigan and Nicholas D. Gill) Chapter 3. Periodization and planning of training for rugby (Dave Sykes) Chapter 4. Monitoring the match and training demands of rugby (Mark Waldron, Paul Worsfold and Craig Twist) Chapter 5. Monitoring fatigue and recovery in rugby players (Craig Twist and Jamie Highton) Chapter 6. Match day strategies to enhance the physical and technical performance of rugby players (Mark Russell, Christian J. Cook and Liam P. Kilduff) Chapter 7. Recovery strategies for rugby (Jamie Highton and Craig Twist) Chapter 8. Nutrition for rugby (Graeme L. Close and James P. Morton) Chapter 9. Rugby and the environment (Rudi Meir) Chapter 10. Practical considerations for team travel, the lifestyle of elite athletes, travel fatigue and coping with jet lag (Ben J. Edwards, Colin M. Robertson and Jim M. Waterhouse) Chapter 11. Psychological preparation for the rugby player (Adam R. Nicholls) Chapter 12. Notational analysis for rugby football (Simon Eaves and Paul Worsfold) Chapter 13. Biomechanics of rugby (Paul Worsfold and Doug McClymont) Chapter 14. Injury epidemiology in rugby (Nikki Gabb, Grant Trewartha and Keith Stokes) Chapter 15. Talent identification, development, and the young rugby player (Steve Cobley and Kevin Till)
Craig Twist is Reader in Applied Exercise Physiology at the University of Chester, UK. His primary research interests revolve around the applied physiology of rugby league and recovery after fatiguing exercise. Craig is an accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and also serves as a consultant to the Rugby Football League and several elite sports teams.
Paul Worsfold is Head of Biomechanics at the English Institue of Sport and a senior lecturer in Sports Biomechanics and Performance Analysis at the University of Chester, UK. Paul is a consultant for the Rugby Football Union where he is leading research projects assessing the playing demands of the English Premiership and investigating talent development within the English national squad system.