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Rugby – all you need to know for successful pre-season training

With the Gallagher Premiership kicking off this weekend, we thought we’d draw attention to some pre-season advice and tips.

Overhead view of rugby players making huddle on field

How to stay fit and avoid rugby injuries

–       We are now in the pre-season period of the rugby season, an important time to do some physical preparation and perhaps procure some advice on a conditioning program from a coach personal trainer.

–       Pre-participation medical screening with a qualified individual like a physician or sports scientist can really help new players, those aged over 35 and children.

–       Warming up, stretching and cooling down for around 15-30 minutes will help to avoid cramp and injuries later on down the line into your older years. Warming up should involve aerobic activity and skills training that is on the lighter side.

Pre-season Top Tips

–       Ease your way back into it – this is particularly important where avoiding injury is concerned. It’s likely that you may not have been using the muscles involved in playing rugby over the summer, so in order to avoid injury, build things up before your first game and never play a full match without some degree of pre-season training.

–       Eat well – this applies to all sports and playing sport is nothing without fuelling your body with the right stuff. This is particularly applicable to young people and minis, as during the summer holidays, kids and young people consume 5 times more sugar than during term time. With this in mind, ensuring that you don’t crash out on a sugar low by consuming the wrong foods, is essential to your play.

–       Place more emphasis on stretches and pre session prep – If you’ve been out of the game for a few months, you may want to place a bit more emphasis on your warming up and skills training before you engage in more solid training sessions.

Concussion in rugby – no laughing matter

Concussion is a serious issue in the game of rugby and can impact the lives of players in a permanent as well as temporary way. Some of the signs to look out for include:

–       Headache.

–       Emotional.

–       Drowsiness.

–       Confusion.

–       Agitated.

–       Seizure.

–       Ears and Eyes.

It’s important to catch these signs early, as if concussion goes unnoticed, irrevocable damage is much more likely and that each person is different and will need a different strategy on their road to recovery.

On a lighter note!

How and where to watch all of the Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures happening this weekend – click here.

Sports Travel South West can organise bespoke rugby tours for your club and this includes all age categories. Since establishing the business in 1982, we have catered for a wide range of expectations and we always bare in mind that everyone’s tour is different. You don’t have to take our word for it when we say we’re good at what we do – check out our testimonials page. We look forward to organising your trip to remember.

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