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Rugby Training at IU Health Sports Performance
Rugby is quickly gaining popularity at the high school and college level throughout Indianapolis and Central Indiana. Rugby combines the fast pace of soccer with the aggressive and explosive nature of football, all without the benefit of pads. Rugby involves players colliding at a high rate of speed, therefore conditioning is especially important to withstand the intense physical contact inherent in the sport.
IU Health Sports Performance can give you the best foundation for success by helping you develop key skills to excel at rugby.
Before your training begins, one of our certified strength and conditioning coaches will assess your specific level and needs using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), a tool to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses performing a variety of tests.
We will develop an individual training program based on the results of your FMS and your goals for your sport.
Some of the primary areas of focus in your rugby performance-training plan include:
- Speed: Learn proper acceleration and deceleration techniques to cover more of the field faster.
- Strength and flexibility: Improve the power of your play.
- Agility: Improve your ability to make quick transitions and change directions using less time and energy.
- Coordination and balance: Gain better control with techniques that improve your coordination and balance.
The recommended schedule for pre-season training is two sessions per week, eventually decreasing to once a week during the season. Either group classes or individual training sessions may be arranged.
Preventing Rugby Injuries
Conditioning and building strength in many areas of the body will help prevent injuries in this high collision sport. Learning and practicing proper movement mechanics, developing endurance and strengthening vulnerable areas can increase the safety of your game and keep you on the field.
To schedule your free Functional Movement Screen and find out how performance training can improve your strength and skills in rugby, call 317.848.JUMP (5867).
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