Supplement usage for rugby players has often lead to heated debates amongst trainers, coaches, nutritionist and players. The argument spectrum range from supplements is a waste of time and money to without it you will never be big and strong. There have been many trends in the S&C world claiming to be the ultimate...

In the previous article on this topic (Recovery strategies part 1), we had a look at the possible effect that recovery methods could have on adaptation during the preparation phase of your season. In this article, I’ll explore a bit more what I think should be done during the competition phase of the year. For me, the...

In recent years the term recovery has been the buzz word in the conditioning world with a lot of research done on various methods and protocols to help athletes recover. Recovery has been used in the context of adaptation from training stimulus or tapering for match day or rejuvenating after a game. It is a very broad...

Massages What is massaging? Massage therapy have been around for decades and research on the topic regarding using it in recovery date back to the 70’s. Cafarelli & Flint defined massage therapy as “mechanical manipulation of body tissues with rhythmical pressure and stroking for the purpose of promoting health and...

In this article I will have a brief look at a couple of popular recovery methods, what the current research says about them and how, if at all, are the beneficial to the recovery proses. Cold water immersion The dreaded ice bath.  Some players love it while others hate it. I have seen teams that force players to do...

In a previous article, Direct your strength training for rugby with Auto-Regulation Part 1, I mentioned that the human body can only handle a certain amount of stress before it breaks down and that the body cannot interpret between various forms of stress. I came across this concept reading some of Keir Wehnam-Flatt’s...