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The Young Rugby Player
Science and Application

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ISBN 9780367612320
December 22, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Young Rugby Player: Science and Application provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the recent research behind the preparation, development and performance of the young rugby player. Each chapter concludes with key take home messages and practical applications demonstrating how practitioners can provide evidence-informed delivery with the young rugby athlete. The book highlights how research and science can inform practice including coaching, sport science, player development and performance with the young rugby player. Each author is a world leader within their respective discipline including academics and practitioners whom research and practice across youth rugby. The book includes chapters on:

• Introducing the Young Rugby Player including topics related to growth & maturation, talent identification & development, and understanding the demands of youth rugby

• Understanding and Developing the Young Rugby Player including topics related to physical, psycho-social, technical and tactical development, alongside training practices and fatigue and recovery.

• Other hot topics including nutrition, Injury, concussion & injury prevention, and the female young rugby player

This text is vital reading for all coaches, sport scientists, strength and conditioning coaches and all academics with an interest in the science and practical application of working with the young rugby player.

Table of Contents

1. Youth Rugby: Setting the Scene

Kevin Till, Martin Mactaggart, and Ben Jones

2. Long-term Athletic Development of the Young Rugby Player

Kevin Till, Rhodri S. Lloyd, and Joey C. Eisenmann

3. Developmentally Appropriate Coaching Practice for Children Playing Rugby

David Morley, and Donna O’Connor

4. David and Goliaths: Kinanthropometry and Grouping Strategies in Youth Rugby

John Sampson, Job Fransen, Ric Lovell, and Kevin Till

5. Talent Identification in Male Youth Rugby

Adam L. Kelly, Alexander B. T. Mcauley, Francesco Dimundo, and Kevin Till

6. The Demands of Youth Rugby Match-Play

Sarah Whitehead, Dan Weaving, Rich Johnston, Dale B. Read, Ryan White, and Ben Jones

7. Profiling Physical Qualities in Youth Rugby: The ProPQ Tool

Jonathon Weakley, Cameron Owen, Ben Jones, and Kevin Till

8. Strength & Conditioning Training for Physical Development

Jonathon Weakley, Josh Darrall-Jones, and Nicholas Gill

9. The Psychosocial Development of Youth Rugby Players

Ross A. Shand, Lea-Cathrin Dohme, and Stephen D. Mellalieu

10. Technical and Tactical Development in Youth Rugby

Michael Ashford, and Jamie Taylor

11. Improving Young Rugby Player’s Tackle Ability

Sharief Hendricks, Gregory Tierney, and Steven Den Hollander

12. Training Practices in Youth Rugby Players

Padraic Phibbs, Timothy Hartwig, and Sarah Whitehead

13. Monitoring Fatigue and Recovery in Youth Rugby

Carlos Ramirez-López, Cedric Leduc, Mathieu Lacome, and Ben Jones

14. Nutrition for the Young Rugby Player

Marcus Hannon, Sarah Chantler, And Nessan Costelo

15. Injury Risk and Reduction Strategies in Young Rugby Players

Mike Hislop and Kevin Stokes

16. The Young Female Rugby Player

Sean Scantlebury and Omar Heyward

17. Planning Your Coaching for Young Rugby Players

Michael Ashford and Jamie Taylor

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Kevin Till, PhD is a Professor of Athletic Development within the Sports Coaching Group in the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University, UK.

Jonathon Weakley, PhD is a Lecturer of strength and conditioning at Australian Catholic University. He is also an Associate Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett, UK.

Sarah Whitehead, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University, UK.

Ben Jones, PhD is a Professor Sport and Exercise Physiology and an accredited strength and conditioning coach at the Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University, UK.