Strength and Conditioning for Effective Rugby

Resistance-training and physical conditioning for rugby forms an extremely important part of injury prevention in rugby.

Excessive fatigue and lack of strength, conditioning, concentration and control exposes one to severe injury in a contact sport such as rugby union. Strong muscles provide stronger, more stable joints, reduce the risk of injury and can tolerate more bumps and bruises.

This is especially important when it comes to the neck or cervical spine. Over the years, players have become fitter, bigger, stronger and faster, and if you are under-developed and not appropriately conditioned, you are at severe risk of getting injured.

BokSmart provides evidence-based resistance training guidelines and programs and rugby-specific fitness conditioning guidelines and programs for players at all levels of rugby, from U12 age-group level all the way to senior rugby.

Furthermore it provides options for those with and without access to facilities. BokSmart also provides program options for the off-season, pre-season, in-season, and active recovery or transition phases at all levels. All resistance exercises and fitness drills provided are detailed and explained in full on the BokSmart website, including suggestions on how to incorporate the drills into on-field coaching sessions.


Aspects of physical conditioning for rugby

Periodisation and monitoring of overtraining in rugby players

Physical conditioning for rugby players

Physical conditioning for rugby referees

Review - Physical conditioning for rugby

Review - Youth Resistance Training Guidelines

Underground Strength Training