Applying Biomechanical Research to Coaching Instruction of Stepping Movements in Rugby Football

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Abstract

THE APPROACH STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES HAVE TAKEN TO DEVELOP AGILITY IN THEIR ATHLETES HAS CHANGED OVER RECENT TIMES. RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT AGILITY DRILLS SHOULD INCLUDE A PERCEPTUAL COMPONENT THAT TRANSFERS TO THE PERFORMANCE SETTING. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO PROVIDE COACHES WITH INFORMATION RELATED TO RECENT BIOMECHANICAL RESEARCH THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED WHEN DEVELOPING AGILITY TRAINING DRILLS. HAVING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE ASPECTS OF MOVEMENT CHANGE AND DECEPTIVE TECHNIQUES MAY HELP COACHES AND ATHLETES TO DEVELOP DRILLS THAT ENHANCE REACTIVE ABILITY. APPLICATIONS RELATED TO THE DEFENSIVE ASPECTS OF RUGBY FOOTBALL ARE PROVIDED. FOR A VIDEO ABSTRACT OF THIS ARTICLE, PLEASE SEE VIDEO, SUPPLEMENTAL DIGITAL CONTENT 1, HTTP://LINKS.LWW.COM/SCJ/A139.

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