Rugby is a very popular sport worldwide, and is arguably the fastest growing sport in the United States. It is considered by many to be one of the roughest and most dangerous sports as well. In addition, rugby mixes intense physicality at least equal to that of American football, with a long term endurance factor similar to that of elite soccer players. A year-round comprehensive strength and conditioning program is a necessary component to regular rugby specific practices.
STT’s Rugby Performance Training (ScrumPT) program includes instruction to improve movement efficiency, speed development, agility, power development, and strength. The athletes participating in the ScrumPT program are closely supervised and attention to detail is always paid to proper technique and safety.
Although each player on the rugby pitch has certain responsibilities, everyone runs with the ball. Everyone tackles. Everyone rucks. Everyone plays attack and defense. Everyone must have a vast skill set to be valuable on a rugby pitch. Teamwork and communication is of the utmost importance amongst those 15 players. There is no better way to prepare a team for the upcoming season than to have them train together. Every athlete on a rugby team needs to move well, be agile, be strong, and be fast. STT’s ScrumPT program is geared toward developing all of these qualities in every player, as well as training individually to improve skills based on the number on a player’s back. Learn more about STT’s Team Training options HERE.
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ScrumPT Team Training Program Highlights:
• Increase Strength and Power Output
• Increase Flexibility and General Mobility
• Increase Speed and Agility
• Nutrition and Recovery Education
Agility, Reaction, and Quickness Training
ARQ sessions provide advanced conditioning and speed training techniques to enhance sprint times and quality of running movement patterns. Sessions focus on the efficiency of athlete’s movements and aim to minimize foot drag, find the most natural strike point of the foot, and develop excellent running mechanics. This year round program also focuses on jumping, landing, and cutting mechanics to educate athletes on proper kinesthetic awareness.
ScrumPT Weak Link Program
Whether you are playing pick-up rugby in the backyard with your mates or playing for the All Blacks in the World Cup Final Match, injury is always a possibility and training to decrease risk of injury is a must. STT’s Weak Link program focuses on the following for rugby players:
• Head, Neck, and Upper Back
• Forearm, Hand, and Fingers
• Ankle, Knee, Hip, and Groin
All of these aspects of training are geared toward strengthening parts of the body that many programs seldom focus on, and help to keep the body prepared for the intensity of match day.
RPT Scholastic Training Schedule*
In-Season (August – December for college; February – May for high school): During the in-season months, athletes are generally mentally and physically exhausted due to practice 4-5 days a week and playing a match once a week as well. That being said, strength and conditioning sessions in-season are geared toward maintenance of the body. The goal is to make small improvements on the player’s level of strength, power, and speed, while minimizing risk for injury and keeping underrated parts of the body healthy and strong.
Off-Season Training (January – July for college; June – January for high school): The off-season is the time of the year for rugby players to make substantial improvements in all areas of their athleticism, such as strength, power, speed, etc. Therefore, many players participate in an athletic development program three days a week in order to maximize their time when games are not taking a regular toll on the body. In addition, the weak links are heavily emphasized so that commonly injured areas can improve strength, mobility, and function.
*Collegiate and professional yearly calendar differs. Please contact Coach Taylor for more assistance.