Over the past few years I’ve had the chance to get more involved in the sport of rugby. The complex demands of the sport, combined with the fraternity of players and coaches, have been a great learning experience for me. This month on HMMR Media we wanted to dig deeper into the sport to learn from some of the top practitioners. Throughout the month contributors helped put together 1 new video, 3 new podcasts and 5 great articles. Below you’ll find links to all our new resources and some highlights from our archives on the topic. More archived content focused on field sports is also summarized in the topics section. And, as always, become a Plus Member to make sure you get access to all of the vast resources on the site.
Resources on the training for rugby
Podcasts and Videos
- A needs-based approach to individualizing team sports training by Nick Lumley
- Preparing athletes for impact by James de Lacey
- Two methods to break down complex sports by Martin Bingisser
- The role of genetics in reducing hamstring injuries by Craig Pickering
- What exercise classification can and can’t do for your training by Martin Bingisser
- Edinburgh Rugby coach Nick Lumley joined us on Episode 96 and Episode 134 to discuss building endurance and simple planning solutions.
- VCU rugby coach Nick Hill discusses building team culture on Episode 145.
- English rugby head of sports science Mark Bennett was a guest on Episode 102 .
- Lachlan Penfold also joined us on Episode 62.
- Take some ideas from other sports on planning for complex sports and tactical periodization from Dave Tenney on GAINcast 67.
- Vern Gambetta has looked at training speed in field sports, training session management, and more on the GAINcast.
- Better running: Fiji Rugby’s John Pryor looks at building versatile running skillset and the methods of Frans Bosch in Lesson 7: Robust Running. We also look at additional sprint drills with top high school coach Joe McNab in Lesson 6: Basic Speed.
- Bondarchuk for field sports: We break down Bondarchuk’s periodization method, as well as how it could be adapted to team sports.
- Warming up: A few examples of warm up progressions and movements for rugby in Lesson 2.
- John Pryor: our detailed interview with him, his approach to finding transfer, and adapting to team culture.
- Team culture: England rugby and the art of coaching and rugby case studies in player-centered coaching.
- Training methods: Learn about the role of specific strength in team sports. Nick Lumley looks at an alternative to periodization and improving transfer through testing.
- Rest and recovery: England Rugby’s Dean Benton explains chats about sleep and recovery. Nick Lumley also looks at recovery methods for rugby and dealing with travel demands.